LoCash Leaps to No. 1; Brad Paisley's New Pinnacle; Garth Brooks Bows
LoCash, the duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, earns its first No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Oct. 29), as "I Know Somebody" vaults 6-1 in its 36th week, increasing by 15 percent to 44.4 million audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 16, according to Nielsen Music. The Reviver label also celebrates its first leader on the list.
With its positional leap, LoCash is the second act in 2016 to make that steep of a jump to the Country Airplay summit. Keith Urban also soared 6-1 with "Break on Me"(March 12). LoCash is the first duo or group to jump 6-1 since Rascal Flatts, whose "Here Comes Goodbye" did so on April 25, 2009.
"There's nothing more beautiful than this view from the top," Brust tells Billboard. "Thank you to country radio, our fans and our team."
Penned by Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover, "Somebody"is the second single from Fighters, the third studio album from the twosome formerly known as LoCash Cowboys. The album's launch single, "I Love This Life," the pair's seventh Country Airplay entry, became its first top 10, peaking at No. 2 in January. Before "Life,"LoCash logged its previous high with "Keep in Mind,"which rose to No. 34 in 2011.
On the Hot Country Songs chart, which combines airplay, streaming and sales data, "Somebody"reaches a new high, springing 7-4. The track jumps 11-7 on Country Digital Song Sales, where it's LoCash's first top 10, up by 33 percent to 16,000 downloads sold, sparked in part by a 69-cent sale tag in the iTunes Store. The song also lifts by 2 percent to 1.5 million U.S. streams.
LoCash's next single will be "Ring on Every Finger," which goes for airplay on Nov. 14.
GOOD WEEK FOR 'TODAY': Brad Paisley achieves his first Country Digital Song Sales No. 1 as his new single "Today" opens atop the survey with 41,000 first-week downloads. (The chart launched in January 2010, more than a decade after the start of Paisley's chart career.)
Co-written by Paisley, Ashley Gorley and Chris DuBois, "Today"is the second single from Paisley's forthcoming full-length album. Lead single "Without a Fight," featuring Demi Lovato, debuted and peaked at No. 16 on the Country Digital Song Sales chart dated June 4 (with 17,000).
Following its first full week of tracking, "Today" rockets 49-12 on Hot Country Songs, adding 1.1 million first-week U.S. streams and 3.9 million in airplay audience.
NEW 'DANCE': Garth Brooks ties for his second-best debut of the past decade on Country Airplay, as new single "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance" bounds in at No. 19 with 12.1 million impressions.
Brooks also started at No. 19 on Sept. 20, 2014, with "People Loving People"(marking the song's peak). He is the only artist ever to debut at No. 1 on Airplay, as "More Than a Memory"entered at the pinnacle on Sept. 15, 2007.
"Dance"marks the highest arrival on Country Airplay since Miranda Lambert's "Vice" entered the Aug. 6 chart at No. 18. On Hot Country Songs, "Dance" debuts at No. 36.
Written by Brooks, Kent Blazy, Steve Dorff, Victoria Shaw and the late Kim Williams, "Dance" is the first single from Brooks' 11th studio album, Gunslinger, due Nov. 25 (aka Black Friday). However, ahead of its wide release, the new LP will be included in The Ultimate Collection box set, available exclusively at Target beginning Nov. 11. The package features nine discs from Brooks' catalog, including Gunslinger, plus bonus tracks from the new set available only on the Target version.
OLD DOMINION, NEW TOP 10: Old Dominion's "Song for Another Time" reaches the Country Airplay top 10, increasing by 11 percent to 25.4 million in audience and lifting 13-10.
Old Dominion notches its third Country Airplay top 10, following the No. 2-peaking "Snapback" (June 14) and its first No. 1, "Break Up With Him" (Nov. 14, 2015).