The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single.
Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin' " makes waves with a 2-1 rise.
Owen lands his first leader since "Alone with You," which spent the first of two weeks at the summit on April 7, 2012 (before the chart's switch from measuring airplay to an airplay/sales/streaming methodology). He first reigned with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" for two weeks in September 2011.
As reported Monday, "Beachin' " likewise leaps to the top of Billboard's Country Airplay chart, marking just the second title to have scaled the top of both tallies concurrently. Gary Allan's "Every Storm Runs Out of Rain" reached No. 1 on the Feb. 9, 2013 charts. "Beachin' " is Owen's fifth Country Airplay No. 1.
On Hot Country Songs, Owen dethrones Miranda Lambert's "Somethin' Bad," with Carrie Underwood, which tumbles 1-6. "Bad" had bounded 18-1 last week with a 502 percent gain in streaming, according to Nielsen BDS, following the June 26 premiere of its video. While its streams deflate by 54 percent this week, "Bad" jumps 25-21 on Country Airplay, up by 12 percent in audience.
Speaking of Lambert, she leads Top Country Albums for a fourth cumulative week with "Platinum" (25,000 sold in the Nielsen SoundScan tracking week ending July 6). She doubles her previous longest rule, set when her last album, "Four the Record," led for two weeks in 2011.
NOW HEAR THIS: Just beneath Lambert, Colt Ford achieves his highest debut on Top Country Albums, as his fifth full-length studio album, "Thanks for Listening," bows at No. 2 with 23,000 sold. He logged his previous best opening-week rank when "Every Chance I Get" debuted and peaked at No. 3 (May 21, 2011). He scored is only No. 1 and biggest sales week when his last album, "Declaration of Independence," reached No. 1 with 31,000 on Aug. 18, 2012.
A member of the growing country/rap (or "hick-hop") movement, Ford concurrently crowns the Rap Albums chart with his new release. Another country rapper, Big Smo, ranks at Nos. 8 and 4 on Top Country Albums and Rap Albums, respectively, with his five-week-old "Kuntry Livin'." With a 28 percent rise (to 8,000), the set is the Greatest Gainer on Top Country Albums.
'KIDS' GROWING: Kenny Chesney becomes the first soloist to rope all three Gainer trophies—Airplay, Digital and Streaming – simultaneously on Hot Country Songs, as "American Kids" jumps 6-2 in its third week.
The track leads Country Digital Songs for a second frame (80,000, up 8 percent) and bounds 14-4 on Country Streaming Songs (1.4 million U.S. streams, up 131 percent) following the June 30 release of its video. On Country Airplay, it roars 20-14, up by 29 percent to 23 million in audience.
PAY-'DIRT': Florida Georgia Line's "Dirt" enters Hot Country Songs at No. 40 based solely on radio play. With industry forecasters expecting an arrival in the neighborhood of 150,000 downloads sold in its first week, the lead single (released July 8, as was its video) from the twosome's next album, due this fall, should surge into the upper ranks of next week's Hot Country Songs chart. The pair performed the song July 8 on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
FGL's debut album, "Here's to the Good Times," has sold 1.9 million copies and yielded three Hot Country Songs No. 1s, including "Cruise," which ruled the chart for a record 24 weeks and rose to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The set's "This is How We Roll" racks a fourth cumulative week at No. 1 on Country Streaming Songs (2.1 million).
AIR QUALITY: The Country Airplay top 10 welcomes three new titles, led by Lee Brice's 12-7 leap with "I Don't Dance." The singer/songwriter scores his fifth consecutive, and sixth total, top 10. His chart history includes three No. 1s, a feat he last achieved with "I Drive Your Truck" (April 20, 2013).
Brad Paisley scores his 31st Country Airplay top 10 with "River Bank" (11-8). Paisley last visited the upper tier with "Beat This Summer," which peaked at No. 2 on the July 13, 2013 chart. Dating to the chart's Jan. 20, 1990 inception, Paisley ties Keith Urban for the ninth-most top 10s. George Strait leads with 61, followed by Alan Jackson (51), Tim McGraw (50), Chesney (45), Toby Keith (42), Brooks & Dunn (41, the top mark among duos), Reba McEntire (36) and Garth Brooks (34). Rascal Flatts ranks next with 29 top 10s, the best sum among groups of more than two members.
Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley's "Drunk on a Plane" flies 13-9, marking his 18th Country Airplay top 10. It follows "I Hold On," which became his 11th No. 1 (April 5). He also recently appeared as a featured artist alongside Florida Georgia Line and Mike Eli on Cadillac Three's "The South," which peaked at No. 33 (May 10) during a 25-week chart run.