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Jake Owen celebrates his second consecutive No. 1 on Country Songs, as "Alone with You" stacks 35.7 million audience impressions (up 2.2 million) during the March 19-25 Nielsen BDS tracking week and steps 2-1. The new chart topper is the second radio single from Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" set, and follows the album's title track which spent two weeks at the summit last fall.
Owen's history on Country Songs includes a pair of other top 10 achievements, most notably "Don't Think I Can't Love You," which stopped at No. 2 three years ago. He scored his first top 10 when "Startin' with Me" peaked at No. 6 in July 2007.
In terms of Owen's chart topping pace, "Blue Jean" needed 24 weeks to reach the top, while the current leader reigns in its 26th chart week. Top audience contributors for "Alone" during the tracking week are KKGO Los Angeles (1.0 million impressions), WUSN Chicago (873,000), WYCD Detroit (768,000), KILT Houston (747,000) and KEEY Minneapolis (720,000). With 442,000 weekly impressions and 44 spins, the biggest local spike in both audience and plays is noted at WBEE Rochester, N.Y., where the track gains 250,000 impressions and 24 plays.
At No. 10 in its 19th week on Country Digital Songs, "Alone" moves 32,000 downloads during the tracking week -- the aforementioned "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" album bullets at No. 19 in its 30th week on Billboard's Top Country Albums with 4,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Meanwhile, a second Taylor Swift track from the "Hunger Games" (Universal Republic) soundtrack bows atop Country Digital Songs as the soundtrack blows in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 175,000 copies sold. Swift's "Eyes Open" (Big Machine) starts with 176,000 downloads and follows her No. 2 start with "Safe & Sound" (featuring the Civil Wars) 14 weeks ago. That soundtrack song moves 93,000 downloads (up 52,000) and shoots 7-2 on Country Digital Songs.
Also noteworthy is a No. 2 start on Country Albums by "American Idol" alum Casey James, who bows with a self-titled set which sells 14,000 copies. Lead single "Let's Don't Call It a Night" bullets at No. 23 in its 32nd week on Country Songs. Meanwhile, Luke Bryan spends another week at No. 1 with "Tailgates & Tanlines."