Neo-traditionalist singer Chris Young claims his fifth straight leader on Country Songs, as "You" (RCA) draws 39.3 million audience impressions (up 2.2 million) and steps 2-1 in its 23rd chart week. That ties his previous best time to the summit, noted when prior single "Tomorrow" reached No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 6, 2011. Young's streak of five began when his third charted title "Gettin' You Home" reached No. 1 in October 2009, followed by "The Man I Want to Be" (May 2010), "Voices" (February 2011) and the aforementioned "Tomorrow." Young's five-in-a-row ties Blake Shelton for the longest active streak among males. Zac Brown Band, which recently lifted a seventh straight song to No. 1, is the overall active leader.
"You" also becomes Young's fourth No. 1 on the Billboard Country Indicator chart, where his list of leaders differs slightly from Hot Country Songs -- his twice-released "Voices" peaked at No. 5 on the national formats/secondary markets list. With 32,000 downloads during the Nielsen SoundScan tracking week,"You" ranks at No. 6 on Country Digital Songs.
Meanwhile, Toby Keith logs his 41st top 10 on Country Songs with "Red Solo Cup" (Show Dog-Universal), which gains 952,000 impressions and moves 11-10. The song reaches the upper tier in its 16th chart week. With 15 chart weeks, Keith Urban's "You Gonna Fly" (Capitol Nashville) is the only top 10 title with fewer weeks than "Solo." Concurrently, Keith's drink-along anthem continues to dominate Country Digital Songs, where it leads with 69,000 downloads in its 12th week atop the chart.
With 68,000 copies sold, Tim McGraw debuts at No. 1 for a 12th time on Country Albums -- his first in more than two years -- as "Emotional Traffic" (Curb) becomes his 13th set to reach the summit, and opens at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. McGraw most recently led the country list with "Southern Voice," which bowed at No. 1 in November 2009. Also noteworthy on Country Albums is a No. 2 start by Kellie Pickler's third album (27,000 copies), titled "100 Proof" (19/BNA/SMN). Her first two sets debuted at No. 1 in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
Another country act is enjoying notable success beyond the format this week. As "Just a Kiss" rises 2-1 on Adult Contemporary, Lady Antebellum becomes the first country group to notch multiple AC No. 1s since the survey adopted Nielsen BDS monitored data in 1993. The trio's "Need You Now" reigned over AC for 15 weeks in 2010.