Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum. With Greatest Gainer honors, the set scores a sixth week at No. 1 with a 94 percent blast to 17,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's sold 455,000 to-date.
Also aiding the vault: sale pricing ($6.99) at iTunes and Amazon. Lambert's Twitter and Facebook accounts additionally spread the word about the promotion, no doubt further driving sales.
The activity also helps Lambert leap 48-31 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart.
BROOKS IS BACK: Garth Brooks makes his first appearance in six years on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart, where "People Loving People" starts at No. 25. Based solely on radio audience impressions, the Oklahoman's new track bows without the benefit of digital downloads and streaming; GhostTunes.com and GarthBrooks.com are the only digital outlets for Brooks' entire catalog, providing a platform for consumers to purchase album downloads and for online streaming. "People" is not available on those sites as a stand-alone single, however.
"People" previews Brooks' Nov. 28 album, his first studio set since 2001's Scarecrow.
BIG 'KIDS': Kenny Chesney scores his first Country Airplay No. 1 in more than two years, as "American Kids" lifts 2-1 to become his 23rd leader. He maintains his fourth-place standing among artists with the most No. 1s since the chart launched in January 1990, trailing Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and George Strait, each with 26. Rounding out the top 10 below Chesney: Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith (20 each); Brooks, Brad Paisley (18 each); Blake Shelton (17); and Keith Urban (16).
Chesney had last reached the summit with "Come Over," which began a two-week reign on the Aug. 11, 2012, list.
"Kids" ties for the fastest Country Airplay coronation this year: 12 weeks. It matches the chart-topping flights of Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" (May 31) and Shelton's "My Eyes" (featuring Gwen Sebastian) (July 12).
"Kids," which has sold 803,000 downloads, previews Chesney's 15th studio album, The Big Revival, due Sept. 23.
SPEAKING FRANKLY: Frank Foster posts a career-best rank and his biggest sales week with his fourth album, Rhythm and Whiskey. The set draws Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with 9,000 sold.
Foster set his previous best rank and weekly sum with his third album Southern Soul, which entered and peaked at No. 11 on the Sept. 21, 2013, chart (6,000). He first charted with his second album, Red Wings and Six Strings, which debuted and peaked at No. 30 in 2012.
STILL SMOKIN': Jason Aldean notches a seventh straight week atop Hot Country Songs with "Burnin' It Down," extending his longest reign and marking the second-most weeks at No. 1 for any song that's reached the summit this year. Bryan's "Play It Again" wrapped a nine-week command atop the July 5 chart.
Aldean also swipes the Hot Shot Debut at No. 17 with "Sweet Little Somethin'," a second track from his album Old Boots, New Dirt, due Oct. 7. The latter song helps Aldean sew up the top two slots on Country Digital Songs, where it debuts at No. 2 (58,000); "Burnin' " rules for a seventh week (79,000, up 3 percent).
"Burnin' " adds top Streaming Gainer honors on Hot Country Songs (and leads Country Streaming Songs for a fifth week) with 2.6 million total U.S. streams, up 3 percent, according to Nielsen BDS.
ON A 'ROLL': Chase Rice ties for the third-longest ascent to the Country Airplay top 10, as "Ready Set Roll" steps 11-10 in its 43rd week. The only songs that took longer to reach the upper tier: Lee Brice's "Love Like Crazy" (46 weeks; 2010) and Scotty McCreery's "See You Tonight" (also 46; this year). Like "Roll," Chris Young's twice-released "Voices" (2010) and David Nail's "Let It Rain" (2011) needed 43 weeks apiece.