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Dustin Lynch Links Third Straight Country Airplay No. 1 With 'Mind Reader'

Dustin Lynch
Justin Nolan

Dustin Lynch 

Dustin Lynch's "Mind Reader" climbs 2-1 in its 34th week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated June 4), increasing by 6 percent to 48.2 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending May 22, according to Nielsen Music.

Written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, "Mind Reader" is the third single from Lynch's second studio album, Where It's At, and his third Country Airplay leader -- all consecutively from the set -- following "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)," which topped the chart for two weeks beginning Sept. 27, 2014, and "Hell of a Night" (one week, Sept. 19, 2015).

"First of all, thanks to country radio for making another dream of mine come true and changing not only my life but also my band's and crew's lives," Lynch tells Billboard. "We all live to make country music, and success is permitting us to do so." As for what's up next? "'Mind Reader' is my third No. 1 song in a row, so now it's time for my third album. New music coming real soon."

Lynch's three consecutive leaders have fortified his standing among programmers. "'Mind Reader' is consistently one of our top-testing songs and has been for a while," says KKBQ Houston PD Johnny Chiang. "I feel it's a solid, right-down-the-middle type of song that's sonically and lyrically appealing to a wide range of listeners. His music has provided a strong foundation our playlist. As he moves on to a new album, I hope that continues."

On the multimetric Hot Country Songs chart, which incorporates airplay, sales and streaming, "Mind Reader" hits a new peak, rising 10-8. Along with its airplay gain, it remains at No. 18 on Country Streaming Songs (2 million U.S. streams, up 4 percent) and No. 25 on Country Digital Songs (12,000 sold, essentially even from the week before). The track has sold 236,000 downloads to date.

HIGHER AND HIGHER: Despite its 4 percent decline in overall activity, Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y." leads Hot Country Songs for a third frame. The lead single from FGL's third studio full-length, Dig Your Roots, due in August, crowns three of Billboard's main country songs charts, as it also holds atop Country Digital Songs (78,000, down 14 percent) and Country Streaming Songs (6 million, up 6 percent). On Country Airplay, the track zooms 19-16 (18.1 million, 21 percent).

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'FIRE' IGNITES: As Top Country Albums is paced by Keith Urban's Ripcord for a second week (32,000 sold, down 56 percent), Jennifer Nettles' second solo album, Playing With Fire, launches at No. 2 with 31,000 sold in its first week. On the all-genre consumption-based Billboard 200, Fire starts at No. 10 (33,000 equivalent album units).

The set, produced by Dann Huff, is Nettles' first for Big Machine. It follows the first solo set by the lead vocalist from Sugarland, 2014's That Girl, which arrived at No. 1 on Top Country Albums (54,000); Sugarland tallied six top 10s, including three No. 1s, on the ranking in 2005-10.

"I am inspired and motivated by the response to the album," Nettles tells Billboard. "I wanted to offer my fans a big musical statement and a beautiful emotional journey. I have loved watching that excitement catch fire this week."

The new LP's lead single, "Unlove You," written by Nettles and Brandy Clark, climbs 33-30 on Hot Country Songs. On Country Airplay, it lifts 32-31 (6.7 million, up 15 percent).

GOOD TEAMWORK: Finally, for the semifinal round of NBC's The Voice, Adam Wakefield from Team Blake Shelton chose to perform "I'm Sorry" (May 16), which Shelton originally recorded on his 2011 album Red River Blue. Wakefield's version enters Country Digital Songs at No. 2 (52,000 sold).

Another member of Shelton's team, Mary Sarah, selected Randy Travis' 1988 No. 1 Hot Country Songs hit, "I Told You So," for the round. Her take enters Country Digital Songs at No. 8 (24,000).

This article first appeared in Billboard's Country Update -- sign up here.

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