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Luke Bryan Makes Record 'Move' to No. 1 On Country Airplay

Luke Bryan arrives at 2016 CMT Artists of the Year
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Luke Bryan arrives at 2016 CMT Artists of the Year at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Oct. 19, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn. 

Luke Bryan becomes the first artist to bank five No. 1s from two albums apiece on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Nov. 12), as "Move" rises 2-1 in its 16th week, up by 4 percent to 50.5 million impressions in the week ending Oct. 30, according to Nielsen Music.

With "Move," Bryan rolls up his fifth Country Airplay No. 1 from Kill the Lights, his fifth full-length. It follows "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day," which topped the chart dated July 2; "Home Alone Tonight," featuring Karen Fairchild (two weeks at No. 1, beginning Feb. 13); "Strip It Down" (two, beginning Oct. 31, 2015); and "Kick the Dust Up" (Aug. 15, 2015).

Bryan first accomplished the quintuple feat with his LP Crash My Party, which generated five Country Airplay leaders in 2013-15: the title track (three weeks), "Drink a Beer" (two), "Play It Again" (four), "Roller Coaster" and "I See You" (two). (Second single "That's My Kind of Night" peaked at No. 2.)

"I couldn't wait until we were in a place to put out an uptempo track like 'Move,'" Bryan tells Billboard. "I love looking out during my shows and watching people dance and having fun. This being my fifth No. 1 off Kill the Lights blows my mind. Country music fans continue to be the best. I'm thankful."

"If anyone has doubted the depth and breadth of this artist, they should listen hard to this album," says Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan. "The only question has been, 'Which of these songs do we not release as singles?' Luke has grown in so many ways, and it is very gratifying to witness the audience happily coming along with him."

Kill the Lights is just the fourth album to yield five No. 1s in the Country Airplay chart's 26-year history. Blake Shelton rattled off a quintet of leaders in 2013-14 from Based on a True Story…: "Sure Be Cool If You Did," "Boys 'Round Here" (featuring Pistol Annies & Friends), "Mine Would Be You," "Doin' What She Likes" and "My Eyes" (featuring Gwen Sebastian). Brad Paisley notched five Country Airplay No. 1s from his aptly titled 5th Gear in 2007-08: "Ticks," "Online," "Letter to Me," "I'm Still a Guy" and "Waitin' on a Woman."

"Move" is Bryan's 16th career Country Airplay No. 1, lifting him into sole possession of 11th place among acts with the most leaders. He passes Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood, each with 15. Tim McGraw leads with 28 No. 1s.

On the hybrid Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, "Move" holds at its No. 5 high (up 5 percent in overall activity). All five Kill the Lights singles have hit the Hot Country Songs top five, with "Dust" and "Strip" each spending time at No. 1 (two and six weeks, respectively).

NO NEED TO BE 'BLUE': Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color"  becomes his record-extending 37th consecutive Country Airplay top 10 (counting only promoted and non-seasonal singles), as it hops 11-10 (30.5 million, 6 percent). His run started with the No. 4-peaking "Your Everything" in 2000.

As Urban boasts the longest active streak of Country Airplay top 10s, Carrie Underwood claims the second-longest: 24, starting with her debut, "Jesus, Take the Wheel." Underwood is nearing her 25th top 10, as "Dirty Laundry" bullets at its No. 14 high point (22.3 million, up 12 percent).

"Blue" is the fourth top 10 from Urban's eighth studio album, Ripcord, following the No. 2 hit "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" and the No. 1s "Wasted Time" (March 12) and "Break on Me" (two weeks, beginning July 9).

YULE BE HAPPY TO KNOW THAT… Rascal Flatts' The Greatest Gift of All, the trio's first holiday set, debuts at No. 7 on Top Country Albums (4,000 sold). It's the act's 11th top 10 and first since Rewind, which arrived as its eighth No. 1 on May 31, 2014.