"I seriously can't believe this song has spent six weeks at No. 1," said Rhett upon hearing the news. "When you put a song out there as personal as this, you hope it connects and resonates with people. But I could never have imagined it would connect like this. And to mirror an achievement not seen since Taylor Swift -- someone I really respect as a songwriter, performer and entertainer -- is mind-blowing."
PERFECT 10s Meanwhile, Hot Country Songs welcomes three new top 10s, led by Carrie Underwood's "Heartbeat," up 12-8. She notches her 23rd top 10 and has yet to miss the bracket with any song she has released as an officially promoted country single, dating to her first, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," which topped the chart for six weeks in 2006.
Zac Brown Band's "Beautiful Drug" climbs 11-9, marking the group's 15th top 10. Dating to its first top 10, "Chicken Fried," which hit the tier Nov. 1, 2008, no group has more; Lady Antebellum follows with 11 in that span.
Also new to the Hot Country Songs top 10 is Keith Urban's "Break on Me" (13-10), which is not only his 35th top 10 but his 35th consecutively, a run that started with the No. 4-peaking "Your Everything" in 2000. Urban breaks a tie with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw for the longest streak of uninterrupted top 10s on Hot Country Songs in 22 years (counting songs in lead roles officially promoted to country radio and excluding holiday fare). Chesney linked 34 in a row from 2000's "What I Need to Do" through 2012's "Reality," while McGraw managed the same run from 1994's "Indian Outlaw" through 2004's "Back When."
Urban's top 10 streak on Hot Country Songs is now the longest since Alabama collected 41 straight from 1980-94, from "Tennessee River" through "T.L.C. A.S.A.P." Just before that, Ronnie Milsap also wrapped a string of 41 consecutive top 10s (1976-92), from "(I'm a) Stand by My Woman Man" through "Turn That Radio On."
HANK'S HIGHEST Top Country Albums sports three top five debuts, led by Hank Williams Jr.'s It's About Time at No. 2 (24,000 sold). The icon scores his highest debut on the chart on which he has been appearing since 1964, surpassing the No. 3 starting rank of That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection in 2006. He also earns his highest rank since Lone Wolf reached No. 2 in 1990 (a year before Nielsen Music data began powering the tally).
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Brothers Osborne's first full-length (and first top 10), Pawnshop, begins at No. 3 on Top Country Albums (21,000), and Randy Rogers Band's Nothing Shines Like Neon (Randy Rogers Band/Tommy Jackson) opens at No. 4 (11,000), marking the act's sixth top 10.