Country Charts: Canaan Smith Lands At No. 1, Video Spurs Steven Tyler Gain
Canaan Smith achieves his first No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart (dated July 25), as "Love You Like That" (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) jumps 4-1. The song reigns with Most Increased Audience honors (up 21 percent to 48.3 million impressions, according to Nielsen Music) in its 49th week, tying David Nail's "Let It Rain" (featuring Sarah Buxton) in 2012 for having completed the second-longest rise to the top. The longest run to No. 1 is held by Chris Young's "Voices": 51 weeks, having reached the summit in 2011 (over two release cycles, however).
"I consider myself the happiest and luckiest dude on the planet right now," says Smith. "Because of country radio, I'm livin' my dream."
STILL 'CRUSH'-IN' IT
Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" (Capitol Nashville) continues its reign at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The story of a woman's obsession with another woman who stole her man away, "Crush" is now in its 12th week in the top spot, the longest stretch by a group (of at least three members) in the 56-year history of the chart. The Browns' "The Three Bells," the runner-up for the honor, led for 10 weeks in 1959.
"Crush," written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose, and which has surely benefitted from controversy regarding its lyrical content, is sung by LBT's Karen Fairchild, who says that she knew the song was special from the first time that she heard it. "As a singer, you can only hope to get a chance to deliver something as beautifully written as 'Girl Crush.' I knew this would be an important song, because I knew the way it hit me when I heard it the first time. It's rare to hear a [lyrical] take on a song that you've never heard before. All I wanted to do was live up to the song. I love telling this story."
On Country Airplay, "Crush" rises 5-4 (38.5 million, up 7 percent).
Steven Tyler is certainly accustomed to making headlines with his iconic rock band Aerosmith, but this week he adds to his budding solo country legacy, as "Love Is Your Name" (Dot) debuts at No. 1 on Country Streaming Songs with 3.3 million U.S. streams, up 1,278 percent, following the July 3 premiere of its official video. The clip sparks the track's re-entry at a new peak, No. 19, on Hot Country Songs. It previously ranked as high as No. 27 upon its debut on the May 30 chart.
NEW CHART SCHEDULE
Easton Corbin's About to Get Real logs a second week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, moving 25,000 copies. The Mercury/UMGN one-two punch stays intact as Kacey Musgraves' Pageant Material ranks at No. 2 for a second week (24,000). The latter album bowed at No. 1 on the July 11 survey.
As previously reported, the July 25 charts mark the first reflecting the new Nielsen Music tracking schedule enacted with the switch to a Friday global release date. With Friday now the new release day for most major albums (which began July 10), Nielsen Music has altered its sales tracking week to Friday through Thursday, from the traditional Monday through Sunday. The July 18 Top Country Albums chart was the last to reflect the Monday-through-Sunday tracking frame (for the week ending July 5). The next chart (dated Aug. 1) will be the first to use Friday-through-Thursday tracked data (for the week ending July 16). Meanwhile, the current July 25 Top Country Albums chart acts as a transition tally between the two different tracking cycles, and reflects a one-time-only 11-day sales tracking frame (ending July 9).
As for Hot Country Songs, going forward, sales and streaming will reflect a Friday-through-Thursday period, and airplay will cover Monday through Sunday. All details are can be found here.
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