Jason Aldean 'Looks Good' at No. 1 on Country Radio; Brantley Gilbert Gives An 'Amen'
Jason Aldean's "Tonight Looks Good on You" jumps 2-1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 1). His 14th No. 1 score on the list increases by 4 percent to 50.2 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music. His first leader, "Why," hit the top on the May 27, 2006 chart. With 14 No. 1s in that span, Aldean ties Brad Paisley for the third-most toppers in that stretch. Blake Shelton leads with 17 No. 1s in that nine-year-plus period, followed by Kenny Chesney (16).
Over on Hot Country Songs, Brantley Gilbert cracks the top 10 with "One Hell of an Amen," which rises 11-9. It also makes a healthy jump on Country Airplay, lifting 5-2 (44.9 million, up 18 percent). The song is Gilbert's fourth top 10 on Hot Country Songs, following three No. 1s: "Country Must Be Country Wide" (2011), "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" (2012) and "Bottoms Up" (2014).
Gilbert co-wrote "Amen" with Mike Dekle and Brian Davis as a tribute to fallen soldier Kory Potts, who was like a brother to one of his best friends. "Seeing a song inspired by people who touched my life touch the lives of people all over the country is an enormous feeling that words can't describe," Gilbert tells Billboard. "It's been amazing to watch this song work its way up the charts.
"But I think I can speak for my co-writers. What it's done, and continues to do, off the charts is the true blessing. It's all about fighting the good fight, and in the words of [Potts]: Bring it on."
Paisley bursts into the top 10 on Country Airplay with "Crushin' It," up 11-10 with 30.8 million impressions (up 5 percent). He tallies his 33rd top 10, dating to his first, 1999's "He Didn't Have to Be" (also his first of 19 No. 1s). He notches his second top 10 of 2015: "Perfect Storm" swirled to No. 1 for two weeks in January. "Crushin' " is the third single from Paisley's album Moonshine in the Trunk. He penned the beer-pun-flavored song with Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller.
As previously reported, following the July 10 switch to a Friday retail global release date, Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart now encompasses the following tracking periods: sales and streaming reflect a Friday-through-Thursday week, and airplay covers Monday through Sunday. With the Aug. 1 Country Digital Songs chart measuring sales between July 10-16 after the prior chart reflected a one-time-only 11-day period (ending July 9) to account for the global street-date transition, only three songs show unit gains on the chart. Cam's "Burning House" bounds 36-16, up by 32 percent to 17,000 downloads sold. "House" is the second single from Cam, following "My Mistake."
The new track, the story of a failed relationship, got a big boost when she played it live on the syndicated Bobby Bones Show on June 10. She also performed it in her first two appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, May 29 and June 16. Also up on Country Digital Songs are Kenny Chesney's new single "Save It for a Rainy Day," a debut at No. 31 (9,000, up 21 percent), and Alan Jackson's "Jim and Jack and Hank," new at No. 49 (5,000, up 298 percent).
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