Swift Earns Streaming Gainer Honors
Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" sails to the top of Billboard's Country Songs chart once again, logging a fourth total week at No. 1.
The duo had previously interrupted Taylor Swift's 10-week No. 1 run with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" for three weeks on the ranking, where the rookie duo again replaces the crossover star.
While Florida Georgia Line reclaims the chart's top perch with "Cruise," Swift's "Together" boasts top Streaming Gainer honors for the chart's biggest overall streaming spike. Hunter Hayes' former No. 1 "Wanted" holds at No. 3, followed by the Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" (5-4) and Gary Allan's "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" (6-5).
Also in the Country Songs top 10, Jason Aldean's "The Only Way I Know" bullets at No. 8 with the top Airplay Gainer award. The track, which features Luke Bryan and Eric Church, lifts by 33% to 27 million in audience on the Nielsen BDS-fueled Billboard Country Airplay chart (viewable at Billboard.biz/charts ), where it ranks at No. 7.
As on Country Songs, Florida Georgia Line and Swift trade places on Billboard's Country Digital Songs list, where "Cruise" dominates with 103,000 downloads (down 51%). Swift's song sells 96,000 and dips 1-2 (down 59%) after 10 nonconsecutive weeks on top. Most titles in all genres dipped in sales last week following the busy holiday shopping season.
'BROKEN' BREAKS: Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart" cracks the top 40 (46-40) in its second week on Country Songs, where it nabs Greatest Gainer/Digital honors for a notable post-holiday gain in downloads sold (9,000, up 8%).
Lambert's track is the fourth radio single from her set "Four the Record." Lead track "Baggage Claim" peaked at No. 3 on Country Songs just more than a year ago, followed by "Over You," which capped the chart last spring. Third single "Fastest Girl in Town" rose to No. 7 in November.
'WAIT,' THERE'S MORE: Despite a post-holiday decline of 72%, "Red" leads Country Albums for an 11th straight week (69,000 sold). Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" lifts 3-2 and Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" pushes 4-3. Jason Aldean's "Night Train" backtracks 2-4 and Luke Bryan's "Tailgates & Tanlines" rises 6-5.
"Red" ranks at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, which is topped by "Les Miserables: Highlights From the Motion Picture Soundtrack," which sells 92,000. Also noteworthy on the Billboard 200 are Greatest Gainer stripes and a No. 2 rank for Mumford & Sons' "Babel," which sells 91,000; first single "I Will Wait" ranks at No. 54 in its fifth week on Country Airplay, where BDS tracks spins at eight stations monitored for the chart. The song ranks at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its 22nd week; it topped the Oct. 13 Rock Songs chart.
KRAMER, SHELTON RETURNS: Singer-actress Jana Kramer logs the Hot Shot Debut on Country Songs with "Whiskey" at No. 44. The track reaches a new peak at No. 34 in its 11th week on Country Airplay, which puts it on a similar early radio arc as her previous breakout single, "Why Ya Wanna," which spent its ninth and 10th chart weeks at that position last March. During a 44-week chart run, "Wanna" peaked at No. 3 on Country Songs in October and has sold 733,000 downloads.
Directly below "Whiskey" on Country Songs, Blake Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did" opens at No. 45. It starts at No. 32 on Country Airplay, his second-highest bow among 31 career entries.
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