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Florida Georgia Line Plants 'Roots' At No. 1; Jake Owen Has Country Radio's Top 'Song'

Adam Taylor
Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line’s third studio LP, Dig Your Roots, takes hold at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated Sept. 17), selling 126,000 copies in its launch sales week, according to Nielsen Music.

The 15-track set is the third leader on Top Country Albums for the duo -- Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley -- and second to debut at the summit. FGL’s second full-length, Anything Goes, entered at No. 1 (Nov. 1, 2014) with 197,000 sold, the pair’s strongest sales week to date. It spent two weeks on top. First LP Here’s to the Good Times entered the survey on Dec. 22, 2012, at No. 3 (63,000) and topped the chart on June 29, 2013, for its first of 10 weeks at No. 1.

“It feels so amazing to have the No. 1 album,” Hubbard tells Billboard. “We’ve poured our heart into this project and to see the fans react the way they have is unbelievable.”

On the all-genre, multimetric consumption-based Billboard 200, Dig Your Roots starts at No. 2 with 145,000 equivalent album units. Anything Goes debuted at No. 1 on the tally, while Here’s to the Good Times bowed at No. 10 and rose to its No. 4 peak.

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The first single from the new release, “H.O.L.Y.,” rules the Hot Country Songs chart for an 18th week, marking the third-longest reign in the survey’s history (dating to 1958). The longest command belongs to the duo as well, as its debut smash “Cruise” spent 24 weeks on top in 2012 and 2013. Lee Roy Van Dyke’s classic “Walk on By” led for 19 weeks in 1961 and 1962.

“We could not be more proud and excited about this fantastic musical body of work,” says BMLG Records president/Big Machine Label Group evp Jimmy Harnen. “From the first time we sat down to listen to the music back in December, we all knew what a great journey we were about to partake in. The No. 1 album is simply the beginning.”

As with FGL’s first two LPs, Dig Your Roots was produced by Joey Moi. It includes such expected features as Tim McGraw (“May We All”), as well as more surprising turns from Ziggy Marley (“Life Is a Honeymoon”) and -Backstreet Boys (“God, Your Mama, and Me”).

With its more traditional leanings, second single “All” flies 29-7 on Hot -Country Songs, becoming the duo’s 12th top 10 on the chart. McGraw scores his 53rd top 10. The track romps 16-2 on Country Digital Songs (26,000 downloads sold, up 121 percent), debuts at No. 2 on Country Streaming Songs (2.9 million U.S. streams, up 193 percent) and rises 25-24 on Country Airplay (10.5 million audience impressions, up 17 percent).

'AMERICAN'-MADE NO. 1: Jake Owen achieves his sixth No. 1 on Country Airplay as "American Country Love Song" rises 2-1, increasing by 10 percent to 48.9 million impressions. Owen earns his first leader since "Beachin'" (July 19, 2014).

Written by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley and Jaren Johnston, "Love Song" is the first single from Owen’s fifth studio LP, American Love, which bowed atop the Aug. 20 Top Country Albums chart (29,000).

“I’m so pumped [to be] sitting in the No. 1 spot this week,” Owen tells Billboard. “A lot of people worked hard for this. I’m happy for everyone involved. I’m stoked for the songwriters, and I have to say a huge thanks to country radio for supporting me and my music all these years.”

‘HURT’ SO GOOD: Billy Currington's “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” climbs into Country Airplay’s upper tier (11-10; 26.9 million, up 10 percent). The song is Currington’s 14th top 10 and first since “Don’t It,” which became his ninth No. 1 on June 6, 2015.

’TIS THE SEASON: Reba McEntire’s My Kind of Christmas marks the first holiday fare to decorate Top Country Albums this season, dashing in at No. 27 (2,000). The new LP was released exclusively through Cracker Barrel physically and digitally. It’s her third Christmas album, following 1987’s Merry Christmas to You and 1999’s Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection.