Chris Young Scores First No. 1 on Country Albums Chart

David McClister
Chris Young

Chris Young notches his first No. 1 on Top Country Albums (dated Dec. 5), as his fifth studio set, I'm Comin' Over, opens with 57,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music. The LP opens at No. 5 on the multigenre Billboard 200, earning 65,000 equivalent album units.

While it's his first Top Country Albums leader, Young's new set marks his second-strongest opening-sales week; his 2011 album Neon bowed with 73,000 in pure sales.

The first-week performance of I'm Comin' Over was fueled in part by its title cut, now in its second week atop Country Airplay, up 6 percent to 51.9 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending Nov. 22. The song is his sixth Country Airplay No. 1. On Hot Country Songs, the single steps 4-2, also powered by its 7-3 leap on Country Streaming Songs (2.3 million U.S. streams, up 8 percent) and its 12-5 flight on Country Digital Songs (23,000 downloads sold, up 20 percent). In addition, it is the top Streaming and Digital Gainer on Hot Country Songs.

"Over" is Young's second multiweek Country Airplay No. 1 and his first since 2010's "The Man I Want to Be" (three weeks). Says Sony Music Nashville executive vp promotion/artist development Steve Hodges, "The album is stacked with potential singles, so we're not done yet. I can't wait for the fans and our friends at radio to hear the rest of this project."

iHeartMedia-owned WBWL Boston PD Lance Houston says that Young has grown his audience with each album. "The success that Chris has enjoyed over the years really comes down to a simple formula: give radio great, consistent, down-the-middle hits. Chris has delivered on album after album, and his songs will be played for many years. He tests really well."

Notably, "Over" is the third consecutive multiweek leader on Country Airplay, following Old Dominion's "Break Up With Him" (two weeks) and Luke Bryan's "Strip It Down" (also two weeks). The last time at least three singles dominated Country Airplay for more than a week each consecutively? In August-October 2013, five did so: Randy Houser's "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" (two weeks), Brett Eldredge's "Don't Ya" (two), Keith Urban's "Little Bit of Everything" (three), Florida Georgia Line's "Round Here" (two) and Jason Aldean's "Night Train" (two).

'HAPPY' NEWS: Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man," his first No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, pushes back to the summit (2-1) after first ruling the Nov. 14 chart. Chris Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey" led the following two weeks, after his multiple wins at the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 4. On the Dec. 5 chart, "Whiskey" falls 1-10 (down 57 percent in overall chart points).

'BREAK' UP: Sam Hunt scores his fourth Country Streaming Songs No. 1, all from his album Montevallo, as "Break Up in a Small Town" rises 2-1, despite a 4 percent loss to 3.7 million streams. He won new artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Nov. 22.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Ashley Campbell, the daughter of the iconic Glen Campbell, makes her solo Billboard chart debut as her self-penned tribute to her dad, "Remembering," enters Country Airplay at No. 56 (1.2 million in audience, up 55 percent). The song is a touching tribute to her father's ongoing battle with Alzheimer's disease. First released on the Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me soundtrack, which reached No. 15 on Top Country Albums (March 7), the moving song has been remixed with fuller instrumentation for its radio push.

This article first appeared in Billboard's Country Update -- sign up here.

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