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Scotty McCreery Earns Fourth Country Airplay No. 1 With 'You Time': 'A Great Way to Celebrate 10 Years of Making Music'

Scotty McCreery
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Scotty McCreery

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Scotty McCreery notches his fourth total and consecutive No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "You Time" ascends to the top of the list dated Oct. 2. In the week ending Sept. 26, the song increased by 8% to 27.7 million audience impressions, according to MRC Data.

"You Time" is the lead single from McCreery's new studio set Same Truck, which launches at No. 10 on Top Country Albums.

"I wrote this song with Frank [Rogers] and Aaron [Eshuis] in 2019, but it still feels brand new, McCreery tells Billboard. "Now that I'm back on the road, it's been fun to see the audience get excited and dance when we play 'You Time.' It gets a great reaction from the crowd every night. I appreciate country radio for playing and supporting the song, my label [Triple Tigers] and management. Most of all, my gratitude is to the fans who are always there for me. Having 'You Time' hit No. 1 is a great way to celebrate 10 years of making music."

McCreery, who won American Idol in 2011, first appeared on Country Airplay that June with the eventual No. 15-peaking "I Love You This Big." "You Time" is his 12th entry; he's notched all four of his leaders on Triple Tigers, where he signed in 2017.

McCreery first led Country Airplay for a week in March 2018 with "Five More Minutes." He followed with "This Is It" (two weeks, February 2019, two weeks) and "In Between" (one week, June 2020).

Meanwhile, "You Time" enters the top 10 of the airplay-, sales- and streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart (13-8), with 3.6 million U.S. streams (up 17%) and 1,300 sold (up 17%), in addition to its airplay, in the week ending Sept. 23. It's McCreery's fourth top 10 on the tally.

Concurrently, "You Time" parent LP Same Truck rolls in at No. 10 on Top Country Albums, starting as McCreery's seventh top 10. It enters with 10,000 equivalent album units, including 6,000 in album sales. The set follows Seasons Change, which opened atop the survey in March 2018 as his third No. 1.

'29' Is No. 9 Also on Top Country Albums, Carly Pearce achieves her third top 10, as 29 re-enters at No. 9 with 11,000 equivalent album units (up 446%), following the Sept. 17 release of its 15-track 29: Written in Stone expanded edition; the original seven-song 29 spent a week on the chart at No. 18 in March (7,000 units).

"Next Girl," the LP's lead track, peaked at Nos. 15 and 23 on Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs, respectively. New single "Never Wanted to Be That Girl," with Ashley McBryde, debuts at No. 34 on Hot Country Songs and ranks at No. 39 on Country Airplay (2.1 million).

Flight of 'Fancy' Walker Hayes' "Fancy Like" leads Hot Country Songs for an 11th week, while holding at its No. 5 high on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.

In the week ending Sept. 23, the viral hit drew 19.8 million streams and sold 26,200 downloads, as it leads Country Streaming Songs for a 12th week and Country Digital Song Sales for a 13th frame.

On Country Airplay, "Fancy" becomes Hayes' second top 10 (13-9; 18.9 million, up 34%). In January 2018, his "You Broke Up With Me" hit No. 10.

With programmers having the option of its remix featuring Kesha (released Sept. 10), "Fancy" vaults 30-16 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart (31.7 million, up 45%). The song, which is also benefiting from its synch in an Applebee's commercial that premiered Aug. 23, concurrently climbs 23-17 Adult Pop Airplay and 24-20 on Pop Airplay and debuts at No. 28 on Adult Contemporary.

Was Just a Matter of Time … "Chasing After You" by husband-and-wife Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris rises 11-10 on Country Airplay (17.2 million, up 7%). It's Hurd's first top 10, among four appearances, and Morris' seventh.