Luke Bryan Catches 15th Country Airplay No. 1 With 'Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day'
"This song is meaningful to me because it encompasses a way of life that I have known since I was a kid," Bryan tells Billboard.
Luke Bryan's "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day" rises 2-1 in its 15th week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated July 2), increasing by 8 percent to 46.7 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.
Bryan banks his 15th Country Airplay leader, a run that began nearly six years ago when "Rain Is a Good Thing" crowned the chart dated July 24, 2010. Bryan moves into sole possession of 11th place among acts with the most No. 1s dating to the chart's January 1990 launch, passing Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood, each with 14. Garth Brooks ranks 10th with 18 toppers, while Tim McGraw leads with 28.
The fairly traditional new No. 1, which Bryan co-wrote with Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, embraces his roots in the Georgia outdoors. "This song is meaningful to me because it encompasses a way of life that I have known since I was a kid," Bryan tells Billboard. "I hope everyone out there can relate in a way that inspires them to wake up every day [to do] the things they love. I am so thankful to the country fans for making this my 15th No. 1. Unbelievable."
The song was a "first-listen hit, but, in this time of pop-rock crossover, what clinched it for me was hearing it on repeat in the MGM Grand for four days while in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards [held April 3]," says WJVC Nassau, N.Y., pd Phathead. "If it sounded insanely good blaring throughout the casino, it had to be a smash."
Bryan scores his fourth Country Airplay No. 1 from Kill the Lights, his fifth studio set, following "Kick the Dust Up," "Strip It Down" and "Home Alone Tonight" (featuring Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild). The success follows the record-tying five No. 1s that he tallied from his prior LP, 2013's Crash My Party. Only Brad Paisley's 5th Gear (2007-08) and Blake Shelton's Based On a True Story… (2013-14) also yielded five leaders apiece on the ranking.
A 'YEAR' IN THE TOP 10: Concurrently on Country Airplay, Eric Church's "Record Year" becomes his 11th top 10, rising 11-10 (29.7 million, up 9 percent). The song follows the No. 15-peaking title-cut lead single from his fifth album, Mr. Misunderstood.
'TIME' IS UP: On Hot Country Songs, paced for a seventh week by Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y.," Keith Urban's "Wasted Time" enters the top 10 (11-7), powered most heavily by its 5-3 push on Country Airplay (41.1 million, up 5 percent).
"Wasted" becomes Urban's 36th Hot Country Songs top 10, all achieved consecutively (when counting songs in lead roles officially promoted to country radio), extending his streak that started with the No. 4-peaking "Your Everything" in 2000. His roll is the longest since Alabama linked 41 straight top 10s from 1980-94, from "Tennessee River" through "T.L.C. A.S.A.P."
PARDI TIME: Also new in the Hot Country Songs top 10 is Jon Pardi's "Head Over Boots." It kicks 12-9, marking his best rank and second top 10. His hit "Up All Night" reached No. 10 in February 2014.
ALBUM DEBUTS: Three titles launch in the Top Country Albums top 10, led by NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 9 at No. 3 (15,000 copies sold). The series' eighth edition bowed at No. 1 a year ago (June 27, 2015) with 19,000.
Brandy Clark's sophomore album, Big Day in a Small Town, arrives at No. 8 on Top Country Albums, as well as at No. 5 on Americana/Folk Albums (7,000), becoming her first top 10 on the former tally. Her sole prior Top Country Albums entry, 12 Stories, peaked at No. 23 in 2013. The new set's lead single, "Girl Next Door," rebounds 41-40 (3.3 million, up 9 percent) in its 19th week on Country Airplay.
Finally, Frankie Ballard's El Rio enters Top Country Albums at No. 9 (7,000). It's Ballard's second top 10, following Sunshine & Whiskey, which opened at No. 5 with 11,000 in 2014. El Rio's first single, "It All Started With a Beer," hops 23-22 on Hot Country Songs, as it bullets at No. 18 on Country Airplay (17.7 million, up 5 percent).
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