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Luke Bryan Rides 'Waves' to His 25th No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

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Luke Bryan performs onstage for the 2021 CMT Music Awards in Nashville on June 9, 2021.

"I have never taken for granted that I get to make my living doing something that makes me so happy," Bryan tells Billboard.

Luke Bryan earns his 25th leader on Billboard's Country Airplay chart as "Waves" swells from No. 2 to No. 1 on the Sept. 4-dated list. The song increased by 9% to 31.9 million impressions in the week ending Aug. 29, according to MRC Data.

"Waves" -- co-written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill -- is from Bryan's LP Born Here Live Here Die Here, which arrived as his ninth leader on Top Country Albums in August 2020. It's one of the six tracks added to the deluxe version of the set released this April and becomes the fifth total and consecutive Country Airplay No. 1 from the set.

"It's crazy to know we are five singles deep off the album," Bryan tells Billboard. "The longevity that country radio and my fans have given my career truly means a lot. I have never taken for granted that I get to make my living doing something that makes me so happy. Thank you for this No. 1 and loving a song about summer love!"

The LP is Bryan's second to generate at least five Country Airplay No. 1s, following 2015's Crash My Party, which is the only set to spin off six leaders from its standard edition, capped by "Fast" in April 2017. (In June, when Luke Combs scored his record-extending 11th career-opening Country Airplay No. 1, "Forever After All," he banked his sixth leader from his LP What You See Is What You Get, combining its original and deluxe versions.)

The first single from Born Here Live Here Die Here, "Knockin' Boots," led for two weeks in September 2019, followed by "What She Wants Tonight" (one week, April 2020); "One Margarita" (two weeks, July 2020); "Down to One" (one week, this March); and now "Waves."

The artist achieved his first Country Airplay No. 1 with his sixth of 40 entries (and fourth of 24 top 10s), "Rain Is a Good Thing," which led for two weeks in July 2010.

Bryan ranks in sixth place for the most No. 1s on Country Airplay, which began in January 1990. Kenny Chesney leads with 31, followed by Tim McGraw (29), Blake Shelton (28), Alan Jackson and George Strait (26 each).

OH! OH! OREO Walker Hayes' "Fancy Like" rules the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart for a seventh week. The track, which first gained traction on TikTok thanks to clips that have helped grow his throng of followers to 1.6 million, has drawn new buzz thanks to its synch in a new Applebee's commercial that premiered Aug. 23.

"Yeah, we fancy like Applebee's on a date night/ Got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo Shake," Hayes sings in the hit -- and now the restaurant chain, a favorite of Hayes and his family's, has returned the Oreo Shake to its menu (for a limited time).

"Fancy Like" gained by 47% to 20,500 sold and 2% to 15.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 26. It tops Country Digital Song Sales and Country Streaming Songs for a ninth and seventh week, respectively. On Country Airplay, it climbs 24-23 (8.6 million, up 17%).

NEW TOP 10s Justin Moore adds his 10th Hot Country Songs top 10 as "We Didn't Have Much" jumps 11-7. The single, which became his ninth leader on the Aug. 28 Country Airplay chart, ranks at No. 2 on the Sept. 4 survey (25.7 million) and drew 5.2 million streams and sold 1,100 in the tracking week.

Plus, Lee Brice lands his 12th Country Airplay top 10 as "Memory I Don't Mess With" (Curb) rises 11-10 (19 million, up 13%). It follows "One of Them Girls," which became his seventh No. 1 last October.

HIT 'BALLAD' Sturgill Simpson's The Ballad of Dood & Juanita arrives at No. 3 on Top Country Albums with 18,000 first-week equivalent album units, including 12,000 in album sales. It also opens atop Americana/Folk Albums and Bluegrass Albums, becoming his fourth leader on the former list and third on the latter.

The LP, which features an appearance from Willie Nelson, is Simpson's sixth Top Country Albums top 10.