Upon its Hot 100 debut, 'Rumour Has It'/'Someone Like You' becomes the 'Glee' cast's highest-charted mash-up.
MONSTER MASH-UP: The cast of Fox's HOT 'COUNTRY' SONGS: Note to aspiring country artists: it pays to laud the genre as specifically as possible if you hope to hit No. 1 on your first trip up Billboard's Country Songs chart.
Brantley Gilbert becomes the first solo male this year to top the tally on his first try, as "Country Must Be Country Wide" rises 3-1.
The Jefferson, Ga., native is the first male artist to take his first Country Songs entry to No. 1 since Easton Corbin reigned with "A Little More Country Than That" the week of April 3, 2010.
"Country Must Be Country Wide" even sports a shout-out to four legends who long preceded Gilbert at the chart's apex: "In every state, there's a station / Playin' Cash, Hank, Willie and Waylon."
Here is a look at the select 18 chart-topping songs to sport the word "country" in their titles since Billboard premiered the survey the week of Jan. 8, 1944:
2010s "Country Must Be Country Wide," Brantley Gilbert, 2011 "A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin, 2010 "That's How Country Boys Roll," Billy Currington, 2010 '00s "She's Country," Jason Aldean, 2009 "Country Boy," Alan Jackson, 2009 "Ladies Love Country Boys," Trace Adkins, 2007 "Play Something Country," Brooks & Dunn, 2005
1990s "Gone Country," Alan Jackson, 1995 "A Jukebox With a Country Song," Doug Stone, 1992
'80s "Country Boy," Ricky Skaggs, 1985 "Country Girls," John Schneider, 1985 "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," Barbara Mandrell, 1981
'70s "I'm Just a Country Boy," Don Williams, 1977 "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," John Denver, 1975 "Country Is," Tom T. Hall, 1974 "Country Bumpkin," Cal Smith, 1974 "A Week in a Country Jail," Tom T. Hall, 1970
'50s "Country Girl," Faron Young, 1959
While "Country" represents Gilbert's first leader as a singer, he's written two prior hits for Jason Aldean. "My Kinda Party" rose to No. 2 in January and "Dirt Road Anthem" ruled the July 30 chart.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY:Coldplay collects its second Alternative Songs No. 1, as "Paradise" ascends 2-1 in its 10th chart week. "Viva La Vida" reached the top in 11 frames, and reigned for two, in 2008.
The group notched the first of its 16 chart entries this week in 2000 with the debut of the eventual No. 6-peaking "Yellow."
At No. 33, Foster the People enters with "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)," which joins the band's former five-week No. 1 "Pumped Up Kicks" at No. 8 and follow-up "Helena Beat" at No. 10 (after reaching a highpoint of No. 9 the past five weeks).
As all three songs appear on the trio's debut album "Torches," Foster the People is the first act to place three songs from a debut set simultaneously on Alternative Songs since Jan. 6-27, 1996, when Alanis Morissette was charting with three tracks from her U.S. debut, "Jagged Little Pill": former No. 1 "Hand in My Pocket"; "All I Really Want," which had reached No. 14; and, then-eventual three-week leader "Ironic."