Eli Young Band Tops Hot Country Songs, Vets Return With Duets
The group tallies its third No. 1, while Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton team up for debuts
Eli Young Band notches its third leader on Billboard's Country Airplay chart with "Drunk Last Night" (3-1). The band first reached the summit in November 2011 with "Crazy Girl" and followed with "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" in July 2012.
The new leader replaces Parmalee's "Carolina" after a week atop the Nielsen BDS-based survey. It's the first time in two years that a group (of more than two members) replaced another atop the chart. Zac Brown Band's "Keep Me in Mind" dethroned Lady Antebellum's "We Owned the Night" on the chart dated Dec. 24, 2011.
Four veterans, meanwhile, return to the tally via a pair of duets.
Husband-and-wife Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood bow at No. 49 with "The Call." Brooks had last charted with "Midnight Sun," which peaked at No. 36 in April 2008, while Yearwood had last appeared with "They Call It Falling for a Reason" (No. 54) four months later. The new track is from Brooks' new box set "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences", which has led Top Country Albums for two weeks and sold 310,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. GAC premiered the song's video on Dec. 10.
The star couple has charted four top 25 hits together on Country Airplay: "In Another's Eyes" (No. 2, 1997), "Where Your Road Leads" (No. 18, 1998), "Squeeze Me In" (No. 16, 2002) and "Love Will Always Win" (No. 23, 2006).
At No. 57 on Country Airplay, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton debut with "You Can't Make Old Friends." It's the first entry for Rogers since "Calling Me" (featuring Don Henley) rose to No. 53 in March 2007 and the first for Parton since "Jesus & Gravity" peaked at No. 56 in April 2008. The new song is the title track from Rogers' latest album, which opened at No. 9 on Top Country Albums in October.
Rogers and Parton had last charted together with "Love Is Strange," which reached No. 21 in 1990. Thirty years ago, their signature duet "Islands in the Stream" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.