Greg Bates Scores First Country Airplay Top 10 With 'Did It for the Girl'
Luke Bryan scores his fifth overall and third consecutive leader on the Country Airplay tally, as "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" steps 2-1, interrupting a two-week stand at the summit for Lee Brice's "Hard to Love," which slides to No. 4.
Bryan's current streak of chart toppers began when "I Don't Want This Night to End" led the February 1 Country Airplay list, followed by two weeks at No. 1 in July with "Drunk on You." All three songs are from the artist's platinum-plus Tailgates & Tanlines album -- lead single "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" stopped at No. 4 on the radio chart dated Aug. 20, 2011. He first reached No. 1 with "Rain Is a Good Thing," which dominated for two weeks in 2010, followed by one week atop the chart with "Someone Else Calling You Baby" last winter.
Meanwhile, newcomer Greg Bates claims his first Country Airplay top 10 with "Did It for the Girl," which jumps 12-10 in its 31st chart week. Bates' single is the lead track from his self-titled debut EP, which spent one week on Country Albums in July, while "Girl" has sold roughly 175,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Also noteworthy on Country Airplay is the best rank in more than four years for three-time chart topper Gary Allan, noted as "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" crosses the Airpower threshold (18-17) in its 11th chart week. That's the California native's best perch since "Learning How to Bend" peaked at No. 13 in 2008. His leading titles include "Her Man" and "Tough Little Boys" in 2003, and "Nothing On But the Radio" in 2004 -- three of ten total songs he's taken into the top 10 since his first in 1997. "Storm" jumps 19-14 on Country Songs, and introduces his upcoming ninth studio album, Set Your Free.
Rookie duo Florida Georgia Line can add 'chart topping single' to its growing list of credits, as "Cruise" flies 3-1 in its 22nd week on Country Digital Songs-SoundScan reports 82,000 downloads during the November 5-11 tracking week, with total sales approaching the one million mark (983,000). The track bullets for a second week at its No. 2 peak on Country Songs, outpaced by Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which leads for a sixth straight week. Concurrently, the duo's single reaches a new peak at No. 5 on the Country Airplay chart.
Also noteworthy is double Greatest Gainer honors on Country Songs for The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two," which posts the biggest overall spikes in airplay and streaming, and bullets at No. 13. The song dips in rank from its No. 9 start due to market adjustment in digital sales from the previous week, which reflected inflated volume driven by the November 1 Country Music Assn. Awards (ABC), where the threesome premiered the song. It also jumps 30-24 in its second week on Country Airplay scorecard.
A pair of seasonal titles gain the most momentum on this week's Country Albums tally, led by Blake Shelton's No. 5 "Cheers, it's Christmas," which gets Greatest Gainer Stripes with 24,000 sold (up 11,000). The percentage-based Pacesetter ink goes to Elvis Presley's "The Classic Christmas Album," which moves 3,000 copies (up 179%) and surges 56-26.
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