In its 35th week, Chris Lane's "Fix" rises 2-1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 20), increasing 4 percent to 45.9 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music, marking Lane's first leader on the list.
Penned by Sarah Buxton, Jesse Frasure and Abe Stoklasa, "Fix" is the first release for Big Loud Records. The label launched in summer 2015, with former iHeartMedia vp/GM of national programming Clay Hunnicutt as its president and Lane its first artist.
"This was a passion project from day one," says Hunnicutt. "Chris decided to wait for the label to get going, trusting us to build this from the ground up. Everyone worked so hard, starting with a 21-week radio tour, and that hard work and time paid off. I'm just so proud of Chris, the songwriters and our entire team. We'll never forget our first."
"I'm still in awe of the fact that I have my first No. 1, especially when you add that it's my first single for the label," Lane, 31, tells Billboard. "I'm humbled that country radio took a chance on a new artist, and I'm grateful. This has been a surreal feeling."
"Fix" is Lane's second solo single to appear on Billboard's country charts. In 2014, "Broken Windshield View" peaked at Nos. 45 and 56 on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, respectively. Before going out on his own, he fronted The Chris Lane Band, whose lone album, Let's Ride, spent a week at No. 75 on Top Country Albums (May 5, 2012).
Lane's first solo full-length, the 12-song Girl Problems, produced by Joey Moi, was released Aug. 5. It follows the EP Fix, which debuted at No. 46 on Top Country Albums (Dec. 5, 2015) and has sold 17,000 copies. Lane's next single, "For Her," goes for adds Aug. 29.
"Fix" additionally marks an artist's first Country Airplay No. 1 since Granger Smith's "Backroad Song" topped the chart dated Feb. 27.
'LOVE' STORY: Jake Owen's American Love becomes his second No. 1 on Top Country Albums (and fifth top 10), bowing with 29,000 copies sold in its first week (ending Aug. 4). On the all-genre, multimetric, consumption-based Billboard 200, Owen earns a career-high rank of No. 4 with the set (35,000 equivalent album units).
"I'm absolutely thrilled to have the No. 1 country album," says Owen. "I'm equally thrilled that American Love debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. I'm really proud of the record, so it feels great to know that people like it. It's definitely been an awesome journey over the past 10 years and, honestly, I feel like I'm just getting started."
Owen first crowned Top Country Albums in 2011 with Barefoot Blue Jean Night (which opened at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, his previous best peak). Its first-week sales total of 55,000 remains his strongest weekly sum for an album.
The initial single from American Love, "American Country Love Song," vaults 11-6 on Hot Country Songs, surpassing its prior No. 10 high. It rises 8-6 on Country Airplay (36.6 million, up 4 percent).
MORE 'LOVE': Hillary Scott & The Scott Family's faith-based Love Remains debuts at No. 2 on Top Country Albums (28,000). It also begins at the summit of Top Christian Albums and enters the Billboard 200 at No. 7 (31,000 equivalent album units).
Love Remains' lead single, "Thy Will," tops Hot Christian Songs for a third week and ascends to a new high (33-28) on Hot Country Songs.
Scott is the second member of Lady Antebellum to chart a solo project in 2016: Charles Kelley's The Driver started at its No. 2 Top Country Albums peak (Feb. 27).
'FIRE' IGNITES: Kenny Chesney's "Setting the World On Fire," featuring pop star Pink bounds in atop Country Digital Songs with 93,000 sold in its first week, a new career-best for Chesney, narrowly surpassing the first-week sales of 2012's "Feel Like a Rock Star" (with Tim McGraw). "Fire" marks Chesney's first No. 1 on the survey (which launched in 2010) and his 10th top 10. The collab enters at No. 2 on Digital Songs, where it's his first top 10. On Hot Country Songs, "Fire" lights 43-2 (after charting from early airplay on the Aug. 13 ranking).
McKENNA FLIES IN: Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna's 10th studio set, The Bird & The Rifle, debuts at No. 19 on Top Country Albums (3,000 sold). It includes her self-written "Humble and Kind," which recently topped Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay for Tim McGraw. She matches the No. 19 debut and peak of her sole prior Top Country Albums entry, 2007's Unglamorous (which started with 6,000). On Americana/Folk Albums, the new set, produced by Dave Cobb, arrives at No. 4.