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Lee Brice Does No. 1 'Dance' on Top Country Albums Chart

Lee Brice
 Joseph L Lanes

Lee Brice

Brice scores his first leader on the list. Plus, moves for Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin.

Singer/songwriter Lee Brice scores his first No. 1 in four tries on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as I Don't Dance, his third full-length album, arrives with 39,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Brice's opening-week sum also marks his second-largest weekly sales figure, outpaced only by previous album Hard 2 Love, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 46,000 on the May 12, 2012, list. His first full-length, Love Like Crazy, started and peaked at No. 9 (June 26, 2010). It was preceded four months earlier an identically titled EP, which spent two weeks on the chart, reaching No. 56.

The lead single and title track from the new album peaked at No. 5 on the Aug. 2 sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart and has sold 983,000 downloads through the week ending Sept. 14. The second single from Dance, "Drinking Class," bullets at No. 44 on Hot Country Songs.

DUSTIN UP: Dustin Lynch earns his best sales week, bowing at No. 2 on Top Country Albums with his sophomore set, Where It's At, which enters with 31,000. His self-titled debut album began at No. 1 with 23,000 on the Sept. 8, 2012, tally.

Lynch concurrently collects his first No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)" draws 48.6 million audience impressions (up 6 percent) and jumps 3-1 in its 26th week. Previously, Lynch came closest to the summit with "Cowboys and Angels," his debut single which peaked at No. 2 in October 2012. He followed with a No. 16 peak for "She Cranks My Tractor" last year. In January, he rose to No. 23 with "Wild in Your Smile."

Lynch is just the second artist this year to reach No. 1 for the first time as a lead artist, following Frankie Ballard, who topped the March 29 chart with "Helluva Life." (Gwen Sebastian appeared at No. 1 for the first time, in a featured role, on Blake Shelton's "My Eyes"; July 12.) Two artists, Randy Houser and Brett Eldredge, achieved their first leaders (with Houser tallying a second) by this time last year; four acts scored first-time No. 1s by the end of 2013, with Thomas Rhett and Parmalee also scoring maiden toppers.

"Where It's At" also reaches a new peak (6-4) on Hot Country Songs.

FIRE DEPARTMENT: With an eighth week atop Hot Country Songs, Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" ties for the longest No. 1 streak this year. Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" logged eight straight weeks on top (and nine overall) beginning on April 26. The track from Aldean, who appears on the cover of the Billboard print edition dated Sept. 27 (on sale on Sept. 19), also leads Country Digital Songs for an eighth straight week (78,000 sold) and tops Country Streaming Songs for a sixth consecutive frame (2.9 million U.S. streams, up 9 percent).

'TOWN' & COUNTRY: Brantley Gilbert claims his fourth Country Airplay top 10 with "Small Town Throwdown" (featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett), which advances 12-10 (27.5 million, up 3 percent). Gilbert had last reached the upper region with "Bottoms Up," which became his third No. 1 on the May 10 chart. Both tracks are from Gilbert's third album, Just as I Am, which has logged four weeks at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and sold 563,000 so far.

HIGH NOTE: Easton Corbin sets a career-best debut on Country Airplay with "Baby Be My Love Song," which opens at No. 53. It surpasses his No. 54 starts with "I Can't Love You Back" (2010) and "Clockwork" (February). Corbin's chart history includes four top 10s and two No. 1s. He'd most recent hit the top tier with "All Over the Road," which peaked at No. 3 a year ago, and last reached No. 1 with "Roll With it" in 2010.

"Baby" is the lead track from his third album, for which no title or release date has yet been announced.