The singer/songwriter scores his second No. 1 set. Plus, Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett reach new chart highs
Hunter Hayes notches his second No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, and his first to debut atop the list, as "Storyline" bows with 69,000 sold, his best-ever Nielsen SoundScan week. Hayes adds a career-high rank on the Billboard 200, where his second full-length set starts at No. 3; his self-titled debut reached No. 7 last year.
Hayes rang his previous best weekly sum when his debut album moved 40,000 during Christmas week 2012. That title has sold 1.1 million copies since its release in October 2011.
Meanwhile, "Invisible," the lead single from the new album, bullets at No. 16 on Hot Country Songs following its No. 4 peak in February. Hayes also impacts Hot Country Songs with two other tracks from "Storyline": the title track, which bullets at No. 41 with Streaming Gainer stripes (244,000 U.S. streams, up 142 percent, according to Nielsen BDS), and "Wild Card," which re-enters at No. 44.
'PLAY' TIME: Hayes' album displaces Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party," which drops to No. 2 on Top Country Albums but earns the Greatest Gainer nod with 24,000 sold (up 42 percent). Bryan's set has topped the chart for 15 cumulative frames, the last three of those consecutively.
Bryan's "Play It Again" collects a fifth week atop Hot Country Songs, tying for his second-longest chart-topping run; he led for five weeks with "Drink a Beer" in January/February. He logged his longest reign (12 weeks) with "That's My Kind of Night" last year. On Country Digital Songs, "Play" nabs a sixth straight week at the summit (73,000 sold, down 15 percent).
'EYES' ROLLS: Elsewhere on Hot Country Songs, Blake Shelton's "My Eyes," featuring Gwen Sebastian, rockets 21-10 with Digital and Airplay Gainer honors following the duo's performance of the track on the May 5 episode of NBC's "The Voice." The track soars by 150 percent to 53,000 downloads, spiking 18-3 on Country Digital Songs.
On the BDS-fueled Country Airplay chart, "Eyes" rises 21-17 (19 million audience impressions, up 33 percent) in its fifth frame. On Top Country Albums, Shelton's "Based on a True Story…" bullets at No. 6 with a 98 percent blast to 11,000 sold.
RHETT RULES: Thomas Rhett dominates the Country Airplay tally for a second time as "Get Me Some of That" jumps 3-1 (46 million audience impressions, up 6 percent). He achieved his first leader in October 2013 with "It Goes Like This," which held atop the chart for three straight weeks.
With the new coronation, Rhett bests the No. 1 output of his father, Rhett Akins. The elder artist topped the Aug. 3, 1996, Country Airplay chart with "Don't Get Me Started." At the time, Rhett Akins was five years old.