Brett Eldredge Wins With 'Lose' on Airplay Chart; George Strait Earns 26th No. 1 Album
"Lose My Mind," the first single from Brett Eldredge's sophomore LP, Illinois, steps 2-1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Oct. 24) with 48.3 million audience impressions (up 1 percent), according to Nielsen Music.
The single, co-written by Eldredge, samples Gnarls Barkley's 2006 No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 pop hit "Crazy." It's his fourth Country Airplay No. 1 and, with its 25-week trip to the top, his fastest-rising. He previously led with "Don't Ya" (43 weeks to No. 1), "Beat of the Music" (38 weeks) and "Mean to Me" (36 weeks).
"In the development and recording of Illinois, and it being my sophomore project, it was just really important to put together a collection of songs that people [would] accept and like," Eldredge tells Billboard. "The fact that they took this single all the way to No. 1 is an amazing feeling. I have a great team working really hard for me. I'm blessed.”
Having moved another 5,000 copies, Illinois (No. 8 on Top Country Albums) has now sold 65,000 to date. The set, released Sept. 11, opened at No. 1 on Top Country Albums (dated Oct. 3) with 44,000. "Drunk On Your Love" will be the album's next single.
RECORD-EXTENDING RECORD: George Strait crowns Top Country Albums with Cold Beer Conversation, up 2-1 in its second week despite a 64 percent fall to 30,000. The set swaps places with last week's No. 1, Don Henley's Cass County (1-2; 28,000, down 67 percent).
The new release marks Strait's record-padding 26th No. 1 on Top Country Albums. He last led the list with 2013's Love Is Everything. The legend first ruled the chart with Right or Wrong in 1984.
BROWN BOUNDS: The biggest jump on Top Country Albums belongs to 21-year-old Kane Brown, whose self-released EP Closer hurtles 32-10 (3,000, up 142 percent). Brown co-wrote all six songs on the set, which debuted on the chart dated June 20 (No. 22, 3,000). Closer received renewed interest after the Chattanooga, Tenn., native posted a clip of himself covering George Strait's 1996 Hot Country Songs No. 1 "Check Yes or No" on Facebook on Sept. 30. Although Brown has long been posting videos online, his "Yes or No" remake has stood out, drawing more than 8 million Facebook views and inspiring a good amount of Music Row chatter, so much so that several labels are reportedly vying to sign him.
CAN'T KEEP HIM 'DOWN': Luke Bryan's "Strip It Down" tops Hot Country Songs for a fourth week. On Country Airplay, it strides 3-2, up by 5 percent to 46.5 million.
'NOTHIN' ' TO SNEEZE AT: Dan + Shay achieve their first Country Airplay top 10, as "Nothin' Like You" rises 11-10 (32.5 million, essentially flat compared to the prior week) in its 34th chart week. "Nothin' " is the third major-label single for the duo (Dan Smyers and James Shay Mooney). "19 You + Me" peaked at No. 11 (April 19, 2014), and "Show You Off" reached No. 21 (Jan. 3).
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