Keith Urban Scores 37th Consecutive Top 10 Single on Hot Country Songs
"Blue Ain't Your Color" continues his streak of hitting the region with songs promoted to country radio, dating to his first top 10 in 2000.
The song bullets at No. 3 on Country Digital Song Sales (30,000 downloads sold in the week ending Sept. 22, up 3 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and debuts at No. 9 on Country Streaming Songs (2.3 million U.S. streams, up 46 percent) following the Sept. 15 premiere of its official video. On Country Airplay, "Blue" bumps 21-20 (16 million in audience, up 22 percent).
"Blue" becomes Urban's 37th Hot Country Songs top 10, all achieved consecutively (counting songs in lead roles officially promoted to country radio, excluding holiday fare), 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 10 singles in 1980-94, from "Tennessee River" through "T.L.C. A.S.A.P."
Just before Alabama's streak wrapped, Ronnie Milsap also completed a run of 41 consecutive Hot Country Songs top 10 singles in 1976-92, from "(I'm A) Stand by My Woman Man" through "Turn That Radio On."
"Blue" is only part of Urban's big week on Hot Country Songs. As previously reported, "Forever Country," the all-star ode to country's past, present and future, billed as by Artists of Then, Now & Forever, blasts in at No. 1 It also debuts at No. 21 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. Urban is the second vocalist heard on "Forever."
MORGAN MEETS THE TOP 10: Also new to the Hot Country Songs top 10 is William Michael Morgan's debut hit, "I Met a Girl." The track rises 11-10 in its 39th week on the ranking, led by its 7-3 jump on Country Airplay (39 million, up 12 percent), where it logs its 51st week.