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Eric Church Has 'Hell of a View' Atop Country Airplay Chart

Eric Church
Robby Klein

Eric Church photographed on March 11, 2021, at Taylor House Studio in Nashville. Karcher jacket, Thread Co. t-shirt, Diesel jeans, Lucchese boots, Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Plus, Alan Jackson adds another decade in the Top Country Albums top 10.

Eric Church scores his 10th leader on Billboard's Country Airplay chart as "Hell of a View" ascends 4-1 on the chart dated May 29.

The single, which Church wrote with Jeffrey Steele and Davis Naish, increased by 19% to 31 million audience impressions in the week ending May 23, according to MRC Data.

The song is the second single from Church's triple album, collectively dubbed Heart & Soul. "This is my favorite project of my career," Church tells Billboard. "I really appreciate radio's support to bring attention to it. I can't wait to see where we go next."

The 24-song Heart & Soul was released in three parts. Heart arrived at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart dated May 1 with 49,000 units; Soul started at No. 2 on the May 8 list (53,000); and &, released exclusively to members of Church's Church Choir fan club, also arrived on the May 8 tally, at No. 12 (11,000).

The project's lead single, "Stick That in Your Country Song," reached No. 22 on Country Airplay and No. 23 on the airplay-, sales- and streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart in July 2020.

"View" bumps 3-2 on Hot Country Songs, returning to its high point first reached on May 8. It collected 8.6 million U.S. streams and sold 12,000 downloads in the week ending May 20.

Church last led Country Airplay as featured on Luke Combs' "Does to Me," for two weeks starting May 30, 2020. Church last reigned as a lead act with "Some of It" on July 27, 2019.

The North Carolina native first ruled Country Airplay with his 10th of 30 career entries, "Drink in My Hand," on the list dated Jan. 28, 2012. He subsequently reigned with "Springsteen," his only multi-week leader as a lead act (two weeks, June 2012); "The Only Way I Know," with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan (February 2013); "Give Me Back My Hometown" (May 2014); "Talladega" (February 2015); as featured on Keith Urban's "Raise 'Em Up" (May 2015); and with his own "Record Year" (August 2016), ahead of his three most recent No. 1s.

'GONE' COUNTRY Alan Jackson's first set of new music since 2015, Where Have You Gone, enters Top Country Albums at No. 2, marking his 28th top 10. The LP, released May 14, starts with 32,000 equivalent album units, with 27,000 in album sales. On the all-genre Billboard 200, it bows at No. 9, awarding Jackson his 15th top 10, with all having entered in the tier.

Jackson, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017, solo-wrote 15 of the 21 tracks on the new set, which Keith Stegall produced.

The Georgia-born Jackson last released an album of all-new music in 2015, Angels and Alcohol, which opened as his 14th and most recent No. 1 on Top Country Albums that August. Jackson, who has notched 26 Hot Country Songs No. 1s, made his first of 32 appearances on Top Country Albums in March 1990 with Here in the Real World, which peaked at No. 4 in April 1991. He has now scored at least one new Top Country Albums top 10 in the 1990s, 2000s, '10s and '20s.

NEW TOP 10s Chris Young and Kane Brown's "Famous Friends" surges 11-5 on Hot Country Songs, marking Young's 15th top 10 and Brown's eighth. On Country Airplay, the duet bumps 8-7 (21.9 million, up 7%). It also drew 6.7 (up 45%) million streams and sold 3,000 in the tracking week.

Young logs his first top 10 since "Raised on Country," which peaked at No. 10 in August 2019. Brown adds his first since "Cool Again," which hit No. 5 last September.

Plus, Jordan Davis' "Almost Maybes" pushes 12-9 on Hot Country Songs, becoming his fourth top 10, with 7 million streams (up 31%) and sold 1,000 sold. On Country Airplay, it holds at its No. 11 high (18.8 million, up 5%). Davis last reached the Hot Country Songs top 10 with "Slow Dance in a Parking Lot," which waltzed to No. 6, and became his second Country Airplay No. 1, in April 2020.