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Jason Aldean Ascends to 21st Country Airplay Chart No. 1 With 'Rearview Town'

Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean

With the title track, Aldean scores his fourth leader from his latest LP.

Jason Aldean's "Rearview Town" rises 3-1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 31), increasing by 8% to 39.9 million audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 25, according to Nielsen Music.

On the Hot Country Songs chart, which combines airplay, streaming and sales data, the track lifts 7-4 for a new high in its 33rd week.

"Rearview Town," which was penned by Kelley Lovelace, Bobby Pinson and Neil Thrasher, marks Aldean's 21st Country Airplay No. 1, tying him with Keith Urban for sixth place among all artists for the most leaders on the chart (which launched in 1990). Kenny Chesney leads with 30, followed by Tim McGraw (29), Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton and George Strait (26 each).

With the title track, Aldean scores his fourth Country Airplay No. 1 from his eighth studio LP, which debuted at No. 1 on both Top Country Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200 dated April 28, 2018. The set has earned 1.3 million equivalent album units (496,000 in traditional album sales) since its release.

"It's always been important to put out music that says something to me," Aldean tells Billboard. "So, to have four No. 1s off this record is really, really cool, especially eight albums in."

"Rearview Town" follows the album's previous three Country Airplay No. 1s: "Girl Like You," which ruled for two weeks starting Feb. 2; "Drowns the Whiskey" (featuring Miranda Lambert), which reigned for two weeks beginning Aug. 25, 2018; and "You Make It Easy," which also led for two weeks, beginning May 5, 2018.

Aldean is the first artist to score four or more Country Airplay No. 1s from an LP since Luke Combs rolled five straight leaders from his debut LP, This One's for You, from May 2017 through this April. The record for most Country Airplay No. 1s from one set belongs to Luke Bryan, whose 2015 album Kill the Lights produced six leaders.

Speaking of Combs' set, it rules Top Country Albums for a 46th week (20,000 units), inching closer to the only title that has led longer: Shania Twain's Come on Over dominated for 50 weeks starting in November 1997.

Aldean first reached the Country Airplay summit with his second entry, "Why," which led for a week in May 2006. His debut title, "Hicktown," became his first of 30 top 10s (No. 10, October 2005).

LANE TRAVELS BACK TO TOP 10: Chris Lane nabs his second Hot Country Songs top 10 as "I Don't Know About You" climbs 12-10. The move is buoyed by its 13% hike to 24.8 million in radio reach as it holds at No. 10 on Country Airplay. The track is also up 4% to 5.7 million U.S. streams and 1% to 4,000 downloads sold.

Lane first hit the Hot Country Songs top 10 with "Fix," which reached No. 10 in August 2016.

WALLEN'S TOP 10 RUN Morgan Wallen's "Whiskey Glasses" holds at No. 7 in its 52nd week on Country Airplay, up by 1% to 27.1 million impressions.

The song, which topped Country Airplay for three weeks beginning June 8, has now logged 19 weeks in the top 10 (including 10 following its reign), tying for the third-most top 10 frames with Luke Combs' "She Got the Best of Me" (2018-19), Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" (2017) and Mark Wills' "19 Somethin' " (2003).

Only two titles have spent more time in the Country Airplay top 10: Lonestar's "Amazed" (21 weeks, 1999) and Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" (20 frames, 2002-03).