Randy Houser's 'Moonlight' Shines Atop Airplay Ranking
Randy Houser scores his second No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay tally, as "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" blasts 5-1. The song logs an 8% gain to 45.8 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. Reaching the summit in its 24th week, the ascent easily bests the 39-week climb of his first leader (and prior single), "How Country Feels," which rose to No. 1 the week of Feb. 2. On Hot Country Songs. “Moonlight” holds at No. 3 behind Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy” (2-2) and the record-breaking “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line.
The four-spot vault to the County Airplay summit is the chart's greatest since Rascal Flatts flew 6-1 with "Here Comes Goodbye" the week of April 25, 2009. It's the largest leap by a solo male since Alan Jackson's "Country Boy" climbed 5-1 on Jan. 31, 2009. Oddly enough, the chart sees its biggest drop from No. 1 (1-8) also since April 25, 2009, when George Strait's "River of Love" sunk 1-9; the Band Perry's "DONE." tumbles 1-8 after a week at No. 1.
Houser becomes the fifth act to tally multiple airplay No. 1s this year. Tim McGraw sent "One of Those Nights" to the apex for three weeks starting on March 9 and returned to No. 1 with "Highway Don't Care," with Taylor Swift, for two frames (June 15, 22); Blake Shelton reigned with "Sure Be Cool If You Did" for two weeks beginning on March 30 and followed with the one-week No. 1 "Boys 'Round Here" (featuring Pistol Annies & Friends) (June 29); Luke Bryan ruled as a guest, with Eric Church, on Jason Aldean's "The Only Way I Know" (Feb. 16) and for three weeks earlier this month with "Crash My Party." And the Band Perry racked two weeks on top with "Better Dig Two" beginning in February and one with "DONE." last week.
Back to Hot Country Songs, Bryan’s “Crash My Party” holds at No. 4, but celebrates a Digital Gainer nod with an 8-2 run on Country Digital Songs (67,000, up 39%). McGraw’s “Southern Girl” makes the largest leap on the list (39-28) as both the Airplay (up 5 million audience impression to 16 million) and Streaming (253,000 plays, up 324%), both according to Nielsen BDS. A Vevo premiere of the track on July 23 accounts for a bulk of the “Southern’s” streaming gain.
On Top Country Albums, “Here’s To The Good Time” by Florida Georgia Line holds at No. 1 for a sixth week, which is the second longest stay at the top this decade by a duo or group behind Lady Antebellum’s 31-week run with “Need You Now.” Florida Georgia Line had been tied with Little Big Town’s “Tornado” and “Uncaged” by Zac Brown Band at five weeks.
Veteran singer/songwriter Guy Clark posts the highest debut on Top Country Albums -- and the highest peaking album of his career -- with “My Favorite Picture of You” at No. 12. Clark, whose first album chart entry dates back to 1976, bests the No. 29 debut and peak of his last set, “Songs And Stories,” in 2011. His new album’s sales of 6,000 is also a personal Nielsen SoundScan-era best.
Additional Reporting by Silvio Pietroluongo