Bryan extends the reign of 'Play It Again' to eight weeks. Plus, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Blake Shelton and Jana Kramer soar
Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" logs an eighth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, marking the fourth-most weeks at the summit since the ranking switched from measuring core country radio audience to a sales/airplay/streaming hybrid methodology on Oct. 20, 2012.
Last summer, Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" set an all-time record with 24 weeks atop the chart before it was replaced at No. 1 on the Aug. 31, 2013, survey by Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night," which spent 12 weeks on top. With 10 weeks at No. 1, Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" boasts the third-longest reign since the methodology makeover. Below "Play," Florida Georgia Line's "Stay" rounds out the top five, having led for six frames this past winter.
Bryan's "Play" tops Country Digital Songs for a ninth cumulative week (77,000 downloads sold, down 12 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and leads Country Streaming Songs for a third frame (all consecutive) (2.1 million U.S. streams, up 2 percent, according to Nielsen BDS).
Bryan also matches his longest run atop the BDS-driven Country Airplay chart, where "Play" leads for a third week. He first led the list for three weeks last summer with "Crash My Party."
'DANCE' CHART: Lee Brice claims his fifth Hot Country Songs top 10, as "I Don't Dance" twirls 12-8. The singer/songwriter had last reached the region with "I Drive Your Truck," which motored to a No. 6 peak on the March 30, 2013, list.
GILBERT AGAIN: Following a hefty bow atop last week's Top Country Albums chart (with 211,000 sold, according to SoundScan), Brantley Gilbert's "Just as I Am" rules for a second frame, down by 69 percent to 65,000. The set's lead single, "Bottoms Up," flies back into the top 10 on Country Digital Songs (25-9), selling 33,000 during the tracking week (up 55 percent), good for Digital Gainer applause at No. 5 on Hot Country Songs, where it spent two weeks at No. 1 in March.
The Justin Moore- and Thomas Rhett-assisted second single from Gilbert's new album (his third studio release), "Small Town Throwdown," steps 30-29 in its fourth week on Hot Country Songs.
SWEET 'KISSES': Craig Campbell claims his first top 10 in five tries on Country Airplay, as "Keep Them Kisses Comin' " climbs 12-10. Campbell previously peaked as high as No. 14 with "Family Man" (April 9, 2011). His last single, "Outta My Head," rose to No. 15 last fall.
'EYES' AHEAD: Blake Shelton nabs his 15th consecutive Country Airplay top 10, and his 20th total, with "My Eyes" (featuring Gwen Sebastian) (11-8). With the climb, the Oklahoma native takes sole possession of the third-best active top 10 streak (counting only non-seasonal, promoted singles). He passes Luke Bryan, who's logged 14 in a row since 2008.
With 31 straight top 10s (beginning in 2000), Keith Urban boasts the longest consecutive top 10 run on Country Airplay, followed by Carrie Underwood (18, since 2006). The Band Perry claims the fifth-longest active top 10 streak (seven, since 2010); the trio could soon extend its stretch, as its current single, "Chainsaw," buzzes 13-12.
'LOVE' NOTES: Jana Kramer charts for a third time on Hot Country Songs, notching a career-high debut at No. 37 with "Love." The actress/singer has risen as high as No. 3 with "Why Ya Wanna" in October 2012.
Notably, Kramer was engaged to Brantley Gilbert last year before they broke up. She told Billboard Country Update editor Tom Roland, that, as the hope-themed "Love" grows, its painful inspiration becomes more secondary. "In the beginning, it was about the breakup, and it was about trying to believe that I still believe in love. That's where I was in the studio."
"Now when I sing it, that stuff is so behind me. And, I know that [Gilbert's] happy. I'm the happiest I've ever been."