Luke Bryan Leads Country Songs, Albums Charts

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Bryan is the first male artist to top the charts simultaneously since 2004. Plus, Florida Georgia Line is off to a start not seen since 1992 with new single "Round Here"

Luke Bryan leads Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts for a fourth straight week, as his "That's My Kind of Night" rules the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid songs list, while "Crash My Party" tops the album tally (with 68,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).

With the concurrent reigns over Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums, Bryan is the first male soloist to lead both charts simultaneously for at least four consecutive weeks since Kenny Chesney topped Hot County Songs for five in April/May 2004 with "When the Sun Goes Down" (with Uncle Kracker) while his album of the same name was amid a 14-week run atop Top Country Albums.

'ROUND' TRIP: As "Round Here" rises 2-1 on Country Airplay, Florida Georgia Line becomes the second duo/group in the Nielsen BDS-based chart's 23-year history to score three straight career-opening No. 1 singles. The only other duo/group to achieve the feat is Brooks & Dunn.

Florida Georgia Line's debut single "Cruise" topped the chart for three weeks last December. The pair followed with the two-week No. 1 "Get Your Shine On" in May. (On Hot Country Songs, "Round" holds at its No. 3 peak to date.)

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn opened with four straight leaders in 1991-92: "Brand New Man," "My Next Broken Heart," "Neon Moon" and "Boot Scootin' Boogie." Their streak stopped when fifth single "Lost and Found" peaked at No. 6 in December 1992.

Brooks & Dunn tallied 41 top 10s, including 20 No. 1s, between 1991 and 2009 before splitting to pursue solo careers three years ago.

GOLDEN SPIKES: On Hot Country Songs, titles in the top 10 score the chart's Streaming, Digital and Airplay Gainer awards, led by Jason Aldean's "Night Train," which claims Streaming Gainer honors (728,000 U.S. streams, up 13%, according to Nielsen BDS) and bullets for a second week at its No. 4 peak so far.

Newcomer Tyler Farr is the top Digital Gainer (47,000 downloads sold, up 13%) with "Redneck Crazy," which reaches a new peak (7-5). Although pushed 5-6, Thomas Rhett's "It Goes Like This" wins the Airplay Gainer nod (39 million audience impressions, up 14%, according to BDS).

CORBIN, SHELTON CLIMB: Additions to the Hot Country Songs top 10 this week come from Easton Corbin (11-9), who scores his first upper-tier hit in three years and third overall with "All Over the Road," and Blake Shelton, whose "Mine Would Be You" (13-10) becomes his 17th top 10.

Shelton's "Based on a True Story…" scores the biggest increase on Top Country Albums (23,000, up 70%) and jumps 4-2, its best rank in five weeks.

WINNING INDEPENDENTS: On Top Country Albums, Frank Foster's third self-released album, "Southern Soul," draws Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 11 (6,000 sold). He previously appeared on the chart with his second set, "Red Wings and Six Strings," which peaked at its No. 30 debut (Sept. 22, 2012). 

With 5,000 sold, Craig Morgan opens at No. 12 on Top Country Albums with "The Journey (Livin' Hits)." The Black River release contains eight of Morgan's prior hits (including his 2005 Hot Country Songs No. 1 "That's What I Love About Sunday") and four new songs, including "Wake Up Lovin' You," which jumps 49-45 on Country Airplay.

KIDS STUFF: Up 12-9, Thomas Rhett's aforementioned "It Goes Like This" becomes his first top 10 in three tries on Country Airplay. He rose to No. 15 with debut single "Something to Do With My Hands" a year ago and followed with "Beer With Jesus," which reached No. 19 in January.

Rhett holds the distinction of being the only second-generation solo artist on the chart. His father, Rhett Akins, charted 13 titles in 1994-2006, including "Don't Get Me Started," his lone No. 1 (1996). The only other such generational country artist with a current chart entry is Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, whose parents Lang Scott and Linda Davis each have solo chart histories. The younger Scott's trio ranks at No. 11 with "Goodbye Town."

Rhett is also well-represented as a songwriter in the upper region of Country Airplay, having co-written Florida Georgia Line's "Round Here," his own "It Goes Like This" and Lee Brice's "Parking Lot Party," which becomes Brice's fifth top 10, rising 11-10. Brice's last three singles topped the chart: "I Drive Your Truck," "Hard to Love" and "A Woman Like You."

'US' WEEKLY: Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert snare the Hot Shot Debut at No. 49 on Country Airplay with "We Were Us," which is being jointly promoted to country radio by Urban's Capitol Nashville and Lambert's RCA Nashville labels.

The song is the second single from Urban's album "Fuse," due on next week's Top Country Albums and Billboard 200 charts. "Little Bit of Everything," his 15th leader on Country Airplay, dips to No. 2 after two weeks at No. 1.

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