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Jason Aldean Takes 'Blame' to Hot Country Songs Top 10, Brett Young's Big Week With 'Weekends'

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Jason Aldean performs onstage during the The 54th Annual CMA Awards at Nashville’s Music City Center on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Nashville.

Plus, moves for Chase Rice and Zac Brown Band.

Jason Aldean nets his 34th top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, sale and streaming data, as "Blame It on You" leaps from No. 12 to No. 5 on the list dated June 19.

The single surged by 47% to 6.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending June 10, according to MRC Data (aided by prominent placement in Amazon Music's Country Heat playlist). It also sold 1,200 downloads, up 28%, in that span.

On Country Airplay, "Blame" pushes 5-4, with a 7% gain to 23.5 million audience impressions in the week ending June 13.

"Blame," is the third single from Aldean's ninth full-length, appropriately titled 9, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart in December 2019, becoming his seventh leader.

The LP's launch track, "We Back," peaked at No. 8 on Hot Country Songs in March 2020, as well as No. 6 on Country Airplay. Follow-up "Got What I Got" reached No. 2 on Hot Country Songs in October and led Country Airplay the same month, marking Aldean's 22nd No. 1.

Aldean's run of 34 Hot Country Songs top 10s started with his maiden entry in 2005, "Hicktown," which peaked at No. 10 that October. He scored his first of nine No. 1s with his second charted title, "Why," which led for a week in May 2006.

Aldean boasts the most Hot Country Songs top 10s among all acts dating to his first week in the tier (Oct. 22, 2005). Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney share second place with 31 top 10s apiece in that stretch.

COMBS CONTINUES COMMAND Luke Combs' "Forever After All" governs Hot Country Songs for a seventh week and Country Airplay for a third frame (36.6 million, up 3%). It also drew 13.1 million streams and sold 5,100 downloads in the tracking week.

YOUNG'S THIRD TOP 10 Brett Young nabs his third top 10 on Top Country Albums, as his third LP, Weekends Look a Little Different These Days, flies in at No. 9 with 10,000 equivalent album units in its first week.

The collection follows Young's last full-length, Ticket to L.A., which arrived atop the ranking in December 2018. His self-titled debut LP entered at its No. 2 high in March 2017.

Young co-authored all eight tracks on Weekends, which was produced by Dann Huff. First single "Lady" led Country Airplay in April and reached No. 7 on Hot Country Songs. Second release "Not Yet" ranks at No. 44 on Country Airplay (1.2 million). On Hot Country Songs, it arrives at No. 35 with 3.9 million streams in the tracking week.

RADIO GIVES AN 'AMEN' Chase Rice earns his fourth Country Airplay top 10, as "Drinkin' Beer. Talkin' God. Amen," featuring Florida Georgia Line, strides 11-10 (16.3 million, up 7%). FGL adds its 19th top 10. The track reaches the top 10 in its 28th week, marking Rice's fastest ascent, besting "Eyes on You," his lone No. 1 so far, which took 31 weeks to the tier before leading in May 2019.

ANCHORS AWAY Zac Brown Band earns the second-highest debut of its career on Country Airplay as "Same Boat" sets sail at No. 25. Released June 11, the song garnered 6.9 million impressions in its first three days of availability, helped by hourly plays in its first day on participating iHeartMedia stations.

"Same Boat," which makes an appeal for togetherness, was co-penned by Brown, Ben Simonetti and Jonathan Singleton.

Zac Brown Band has now made 25 visits to Country Airplay, with 13 No. 1s among 16 top 10s. "Same Boat" surpasses the No. 26 start of "My Old Man" in February 2017 as its second-highest arrival. The group made its best bow with "Homegrown," which entered at No. 23 in January 2015, before dominating for three weeks that April.

The band will hit the road this August on its "Comeback Tour." The trek begins Aug. 5 in Holmdel, N.J., and is set to make a notable stop at Boston's Fenway Park (Aug. 8) before concluding in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena (Oct. 17).