Best Bets Albums 2013, The Band Perry
Another trio, Lady Antebellum, tee up a radio smash with "Downtown"
The Band Perry collects its third No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Better Dig Two" climbs 3-1. The sibling trio previously reigned with "If I Die Young" (Dec. 11, 2010) and "All Your Life" (two frames starting on Feb. 18, 2012, when the chart was solely airplay-based; it became a sales/airplay/streaming-hybrid survey the week of Oct. 20, 2012).
"Dig" rises 4-1 for its first week atop Country Digital Songs with 70,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. On Country Airplay, it lifts 6-5 with a 12% increase to 30.2 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
The song previews the group's still-untitled sophomore album, due April 2.
'ONE' IS 9: Tim McGraw tallies his 47th Country Songs top 10 (and first on the Big Machine label), as "One of Those Nights" ascends 11-9. The cut concurrently reaches the Country Digital Songs top 10 (12-8; 36,000, up 11%). On Country Airplay, it climbs 9-7 with a 13% gain to 27.2 million in audience.
"Nights" serves as the second single from McGraw's Feb. 5 release "Two Lanes of Freedom." "Truck Yeah" reached No. 11 on Country Songs and No. 10 on Country Airplay in October. "I really feel like I'm only about 35% into my career," he says. "There's so much more ahead of me, musically and everything else.
"It feels like the clouds have parted and now I can find my lane and press the gas."
LUCKY 13: Taylor Swift ups her total to 13 ( her lucky number) weeks at No. 1 on the Country Albums chart with "Red," encompassing the set's entire chart run. With another 41,000 copies sold, the album has moved 3.3 million copies to date.
'FALL' FLIES: Also in the Country Albums top 10, 21-year-old Katie Armiger roars in at No. 7 with "Fall Into Me," selling 12,000. It easily surpasses the performance of her first charted effort, "Confessions of a Nice Girl," which spent one week on Country Albums (No. 58) the week of Oct. 23, 2010.
UP NEXT ... 'DOWNTOWN': The top debut on Country Airplay next week should be Lady Antebellum's "Downtown," released to radio earlier this week. The lead single from the trio's forthcoming album is already trending in the building chart's top 30 as of this posting. KAJA San Antonio leads all Country Airplay panelists with 38 plays for the song through yesterday (Jan. 23).
"Downtown" is due to be released digitally on Feb. 5.