Chesney earned his first Hot Country Songs top 10 with "Fall in Love" (No. 6, July 1995). His 54 top 10s are the most among all artists since, followed by Tim McGraw (51), George Strait (42) and Keith Urban (40).
EVEN 'BETTER' Luke Combs "Better Together" paces Hot Country Songs for a second week and Country Airplay for a fourth frame, leading the latter list with 32.6 million impressions. It also corralled 10.6 million U.S. streams and sold 4,000.
Of Combs' record 10 career-opening No. 1 Country Airplay singles, "Better" is his fifth to lead for four or more weeks.
'USED TO' THE TOP 10 Russell Dickerson's fourth Country Airplay No. 1, "Love You Like I Used To," which led for two weeks in November, logs its 20th week in the top 10 (8-9; 19.8 million). It joins Lee Brice's "One of Them Girls," which reigned last October, for the second-longest top 10 run, after Lonestar's "Amazed," which ruled for eight weeks and tallied 21 weeks in the top 10 in 1999.
'7 SUMMERS' FALLS Morgan Wallen's U.S. sales have exploded, his streams have stayed mostly steady and his airplay has collapsed after TMZ posted a video late Feb. 2 of him yelling expletives, including the N-word. He subsequently issued an apology, while his label, Big Loud Records, suspended his recording contract indefinitely.
Wallen's new LP, Dangerous: The Double Album, holds at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums for a fourth week, encompassing its entire run on each ranking. The set grew by 14% to 149,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 4. The album sold 25,000 copies in the tracking week, with over two-thirds of that total from Feb. 3 and 4.
Wallen concurrently claims an unprecedented monopoly of the Country Digital Song Sales top five, as "Wasted on You" reigns with 9,000 sold (up 24%), followed by "More Than My Hometown" (7,000, up 146%); "Sand in My Boots" (6,000, up 21%); "7 Summers" (5,000, up 95%); and "Whiskey Glasses" (4,000, up 255%).
While streams for Wallen's catalog have stayed relatively steady, despite the removal of his songs from over 30 influential playlists across Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Pandora, his radio airplay has plunged to a nominal amount since the TMZ video posted. Looking at the last seven days of airplay (Feb. 1-7), his collective songs were drawing around 1,500 plays daily on reporters to Billboard's Country Airplay chart through Feb. 2. On Feb. 3, as multiple radio groups dropped his music, his catalog fell by 74% in plays. His totals have since cratered to 55, 25, 29 and 27 plays on Feb. 4, 5, 6 and 7, respectively.
Wallen's latest country radio single, "7 Summers," has contributed to the bulk of his airplay decline, having tumbled from around 500 plays daily to 149 (down 70%) on Country Airplay reporters Feb. 3. The song then drew a mere eight, five, five and six plays on Feb. 4, 5, 6 and 7, respectively. It drops off the latest audience-based Country Airplay chart, a week after it rose from No. 16 to its No. 15 peak (up 8% in audience in the tracking week ending Jan. 31).
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield and Gary Trust.