Dierks Bentley logs his 9th No. 1 and completes his third set of two leaders with "Home," which draws 35.7 million audience impressions and steps 2-1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart.
The title cut and second single from his current album follows lead track "Am I the Only One," which topped the chart dated Sept. 3, 2011. Bentley rolled three straight leaders in 2005-06 with "Come a Little Closer" (three weeks), "Settle For a Slowdown" (two weeks) and "Every Mile a Memory" (one week), then scored two straight in 2009 with "Feel That Fire" (one week) and "Sideways" (two weeks). His debut single "What Was I Thinkin'" crowned the Sept. 27, 2003 chart, and "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" dominated the Nov. 24, 2007 chart. His chart history includes four other top five achievements and one additional top 10 title. Top audience contributors for "Home" during the March 5-11 Nielsen BDS tracking week are KKGO Los Angeles (1.0 million impressions), WUSN Chicago (964,000), KEEY Minneapolis (799,000), WYCD Detroit (786,000) and WKLB Boston (673,000). On Country Digital Songs, "Home" sells 14,000 downloads and ranks at No. 28 in its 167h chart week --the album ranks at No. 15 in its fifth week on Country Albums with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Meanwhile, Montgomery Gentry returns to the top 10 for the first time in nearly three years -- delivering the duo's label its first-ever top 10 single -- as "Where I Come From" gains 1.4 million impressions and hops 12-10. The pair most recently competed inside the top 10 when "One in Every Crowd" peaked at No. 5 on the May 30, 2009 chart. The duo's chart stats include five No. 1 radio singles from 2004-08, a feat they most recently celebrated when "Roll With Me" spent two weeks at the summit in December 2008.
Concurrently, singer/songwriter Lee Brice collects his second top 10 with "A Woman Like You," which leaps 11-9 and picks up Most Increased Audience honors with an increase of 3.2 million impressions. Brice's track reaches the upper tier in its 23rd chart week -- that's 25 weeks faster than his first top 10 two years ago. He first cracked the top 10 when "Love Like Crazy" stepped 11-10 in its 48th chart week, on its way to a No. 3 peak seven weeks later (Sept. 18, 2010). With 56 total chart weeks, "Love" set a new all-time record for the most chart weeks, previously held by Eddy Arnold's 1947 classic "Bouquet of Roses" (54 weeks). On Country Digital Songs, "Woman" holds at its No. 3 peak position with 45,000 downloads sold during the tracking week. The song has amassed sales of more than 500,000 downloads since it debuted on the chart last fall.
Luke Bryan bows at No. 2 on Country Albums with the fourth in a series of EP's, "Spring Break 4… Suntan City" which moves 30,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Only one of the prior "Spring" sets impacted the chart -- "Spring Break 3…It's a Shore Thing" peaked where it entered at No. 6 (15,000 copies) a year ago. The title track from the new EP arrives with 19,000 downloads at No. 19 on Country Digital Songs (on Billboard.biz). High atop the albums chart, Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" gets Greatest Gainer stripes, due to deep retail discounts from Google and Amazon.