Cassadee Pope, Luke Bryan Lead Country Charts

Cassadee Pope

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The former champion of NBC's 'The Voice' soars onto Top Country Albums at No. 1, while Bryan achieves an honor on Hot Country Songs last managed in 1966

Cassadee Pope, the third-season winner of NBC's "The Voice," becomes the second rookie female to debut at No. 1 on Top Country Albums this year, as "Frame By Frame" arrives with 43,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. After almost five years with no new solo women opening atop the chart, Kacey Musgraves ended the drought in April with "Same Trailer, Different Park," the first such bow since Julianne Hough's self-titled debut (June 7, 2008).
 

 
Pope's current single "Wasting All These Tears" returns to the top 10 on Hot Country Songs (17-10) for the first time since it debuted at No. 7 (June 22). It boasts Streaming Gainer honors with 576,000 U.S. streams, up 22%, according to Nielsen BDS.
 
As previously reported, with a No. 9 start on the Billboard 200, Pope easily surpasses the peak position of the only other "Voice" winner to have released an album thus far, first-season champ Javier Colon. His first post-"Voice" release, 2011's "Come Through for You," debuted and peaked at No. 134, opening with 10,000 sold. The respective second- and fourth-season winners, Jermaine Paul and Danielle Bradbery, have yet to release their post-victory efforts, although Bradbery bullets at No. 37 on Hot Country Songs with her first radio single, "The Heart of Dixie," which entered the chart at No. 16 in August.
 
Bradbery's self-titled debut album is due Nov. 19.
 
NINE FOR 'NIGHT': Although Cassadee Pope's debut either denies or delays a seventh week at the Top Country Albums summit for Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" (which ranks at No. 2 with 29,000 sold), his "That's My Kind of Night" scores a ninth week atop Hot Country Songs. The reign is the longest by a solo male artist in 47 years, matching David Houston's command with "Almost Persuaded" in 1966.
 
The next milestone that "Night" could match? It would require seven more weeks on top: Buck Owens boasts the last rule by a male soloist of more than nine weeks, as "Love's Gonna Live Here" led for 16 frames in 1963-64.
 
"Night" concurrently notches a ninth week atop Country Digital Songs (68,000 downloads sold).
 
'FRIENDS' IN A HIGH PLACE: Kenny Rogers logs his 24th top 10 on Top Country Albums with "You Can't Make Old Friends," which starts at No. 9 (8,000). He'd last reached the top 10 with "The Love of God," which peaked at No. 7 two years ago.
 
With a chart history that includes 11 leaders (1976-85), Rogers is slated for Country Music Hall of Fame induction on Oct. 27.
 

 
'ROLL' UP: Singer/songwriter Chase Rice nabs the Hot Shot Debut at No. 27 on Hot Country Songs with "Ready Set Roll," which also begins at No. 2 on Country Digital Songs (42,000). Rice co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," which spent an unprecedented 24 weeks atop Hot Country Songs; it's at No. 6 this week.
 
Reality TV fans might remember Rice's name: he finished as the runner-up on CBS' "Survivor: Nicaragua" in the show's 21st season (2010).
 
"Ready" is the title track from his new EP, released Tuesday (Oct. 15).
 
ENJOYING THEIR 'STAY': Florida Georgia Line snares top Digital and Airplay Gainer stripes with "Stay," which surges 40-28 on Hot Country Songs. The track jumps 45-19 on Country Digital Songs (18,000, up 135%) and 44-30 on Country Airplay (6.3 million audience impressions, up 126%).
 
The duo will release a deluxe edition of its album "Here's to the Good Times" on Nov. 25, with the beefed-up version redubbed "Here's to the Good Times … This Is How We Roll." The set will contain the remix of the pair's "Cruise" with rapper/singer Nelly, all of the duo's music videos and other bonus footage.

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