Farr launches on Top Country Albums at No. 2, while Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for an eighth week
So Farr, so good: Tyler Farr becomes the third newcomer this year to debut at No. 2 or higher on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "Redneck Crazy" arrives with 29,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Farr's arrival follows fellow rookie Brett Eldredge's "Bring You Back," which debuted at No. 2 in August. Kacey Musgraves posted this year's only top start by a first-timer, when "Same Trailer, Different Park" opened at No. 1 in April. In all of 2012, only two new acts, Casey James (No. 2) and Dustin Lynch (No. 1), opened within the top two spots.
With a No. 5 bow on the Billboard 200, Farr's album is the highest-charting (and -starting) debut by a male country artist in two years. Scotty McCreery was the last solo male country act to launch at a higher rank with a first album: his "Clear as Day" opened at No. 1 on the list dated Oct. 22, 2011.
On Hot Country Songs, the title track from "Redneck Crazy" peaked at No. 2 two weeks ago. It bullets at No. 3 with Streaming Gainer honors (858,000 total streams, up 27%, according to Nielsen BDS).
'ALMOST' THERE: With an eighth week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" bridges 47 years of history among songs by solo males, posting the most weeks at No. 1 among solo men since David Houston's "Almost Persuaded" led for nine weeks in 1966.
"Night" also dominates Country Digital Songs for an eighth straight week, selling 74,000 during the tracking week. It's moved 869,000 sold to date.
Meanwhile, Bryan's "Crash My Party" nets a sixth cumulative week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, bringing the set's total sales to 1.02 million. It becomes his second million-seller and the industry's seventh album to move more than a million copies this year.
GUYS AND 'GIRL'S: On the BDS-based Country Airplay chart, Billy Currington claims his seventh career leader with "Hey Girl," which steps 2-1. He'd most recently dominated the chart with "Let Me Down Easy," which led the week of April 2, 2011.
Currington presides over a Country Airplay top 10 made up almost exclusively of songs by solo male artists, with Florida Georgia Line's descending "Round Here" being the only exception (6-10) … and even that act is all-male. (Consolation prize for the fairer sex: the word "girl" appears in the song titles of No. 1 and, thanks to Tim McGraw's "Southern Girl," No. 7.)
Although solo men frequently dominate the chart's upper tier, they haven't locked up the top 10 (without featured artists, duos/groups or female acts) since the week of Dec. 15, 2001. The top 10 that week looked like this: Toby Keith, "I Wanna Talk About Me" (No. 1): George Strait, "Run" (No. 2); David Ball, "Riding With Private Malone" (No. 3); Aaron Tippin, "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" (No. 4); Alan Jackson, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" (No. 5); Trace Adkins, "I'm Tryin'" (No. 6); Garth Brooks, "Wrapped Up in You" (No. 7); Steve Holy, "Good Morning Beautiful" (No. 8); Travis Tritt, "Love of a Woman" (No. 9); and Brad Paisley "Wrapped Around" (No. 10).
LIKE A (COUNTRY) ROCK (STAR): Singer/songwriter Will Hoge posts the Hot Shot Debut on Country Airplay, as he makes his first appearance at No. 56 with "Strong." The track is featured in Chevrolet's advertising for the 2014 Silverado, a campaign which debuted on ESPN in July, while a long-form version of the ad ran during the network's broadcast of the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, and on Fox during the MLB All-Star Game.
"Strong," which previews Hoge's album "Never Give In," due Oct. 15, has spent five weeks on Billboard's Country Digital Songs tally and has sold 105,000 downloads so far.