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Jameson Rodgers & Luke Combs Hoist 'Beer' to No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

Luke Combs, Jameson Rodgers
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Luke Combs (left) and Jameson Rodgers

"I moved to Nashville to write songs, hoping that one day I could write a hit for myself," Rodgers tells Billboard.

Jameson Rodgers and featured artist Luke Combs each add to their runs of consecutive career-opening No. 1s on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Cold Beer Calling My Name" ascends to the top of the list dated Oct. 9. The single increased by 12% to 30.9 million impressions in the week ending Oct. 3, according to MRC Data.

The 33-year-old Rodgers, from Batesville, Miss., banks his second career-opening Country Airplay leader, after his debut entry "Some Girls" led for a week in October 2020.

"I moved to Nashville to write songs, hoping that one day I could write a hit for myself," Rodgers tells Billboard. "A dream came true for me this week. I can't believe this is my second No. 1 song."

"Beer," which Rodgers wrote with Hunter Phelps, Brett Tyler and Alysa Vanderheym, is from his debut LP, Bet You're From a Small Town, which arrived at No. 23 with 7,000 equivalent album units on the Oct. 2-dated Top Country Albums chart. ("Some Girls" is on the set, after it was first released on his 2018 self-titled EP.)

As for Combs, he earns his record-extending 12th career-starting Country Airplay No. 1 (counting properly promoted singles). He first led with "Hurricane," for two weeks beginning in May 2017, and most recently reigned for six weeks starting in June with "Forever After All."

On the airplay-, sales- and streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart, "Beer" holds at its No. 3 high. It drew 7 million U.S. streams and sold 1,800 downloads in the week ending Sept. 30.

NEW TOP 10s Luke Combs has a chance to extend his streak of career-launching No. 1 singles on Country Airplay No. 1s as his own "Cold as You" hits the top 10, pushing 12-10 (16.9 million, up 6%). It's his 13th top 10, following, as noted above, 12 No. 1s. On Hot Country Songs, the track climbs 15-12, with 5.4 million streams (up 8%) and 1,900 sold (up 6%).

Plus, Lee Brice nets his 10th Hot Country Songs top 10 as "Memory I Don't Mess With" jumps 11-6. On Country Airplay, it rises 3-2 with a 5% gain to 26.4 million audience impressions. Co-written by Brice, the song is additionally up 7% to 4.5 million streams.

The artist has now notched four consecutive Hot Country Songs top 10s for the first time. It follows "One of Them Girls" (No. 2 peak, September 2020); "I Hope You're Happy Now," with Carly Pearce (No. 5, June 2020); and "Rumor" (No. 2, July 2019). Each of the three songs topped Country Airplay, where Brice has notched seven No. 1s.

Brice's 10 Hot Country Songs top 10s includes one leader: "A Woman Like You," for a week in April 2012.

KRAMER RETURNS Jana Kramer claims her fourth top 10 and best rank on Country Digital Song Sales as "Voices" enters at No. 2 with 5,100 sold. The song follows "I've Done Love" (No. 8, September 2017); "I Got the Boy" (No. 9, January 2016); and "I Won't Give Up" (No. 6, February 2011).

Kramer has tallied two top five hits on Hot Country Songs: "Why Ya Wanna" (No. 3, October 2012) and "I Got the Boy" (No. 5, January 2016). The songs reached Nos. 3 and 6, respectively, on Country Airplay.

LOOK, 'MOM' Chris Janson scores his highest Country Airplay debut, as "Bye Mom" enters at No. 38 with 2.5 million impressions. Among his 13 entries, it bests "It Is Christmas," which opened and peaked at No. 41 in January. His last proper single, "Done," became his second No. 1 for two weeks in August 2020, after "Good Vibes" led for a week in October 2019.

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