Luke Bryan Becomes First Artist to Earn 6 Country Airplay No. 1s From an Album
As "Fast" hits the top, "Kill the Lights" is the first album in the chart's 27-year history to generate six No. 1s.
For the first time in the history of Billboard's Country Airplay chart, which launched on Jan. 20, 1990, an artist has notched six No. 1s from an album.
In its 18th week on the list (dated April 15), Luke Bryan's "Fast," the sixth single from his fifth full-length, Kill the Lights, ascends 2-1, increasing 4 percent to 42.3 million audience impressions in the week ending April 2, according to Nielsen Music.
"Fast," co-written by Bryan, Rodney Clawson and Luke Laird, follows the set's first five Country Airplay No. 1s: "Kick the Dust Up" (Aug. 15, 2015); "Strip It Down" (two weeks on top, beginning Oct. 31, 2015); "Home Alone Tonight," featuring Karen Fairchild (of Little Big Town) (two, Feb. 13, 2016); "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day" (July 2, 2016); and "Move" (two, Nov. 12, 2016).
Three albums had previously generated five Country Airplay No. 1s each. Brad Paisley's aptly titled 5th Gear first yielded five in 2007-08 and Blake Shelton's Based on a True Story… followed with five in 2013-14. Bryan then accomplished the feat with Crash My Party, his LP prior to Kill the Lights, in 2013-15.
"Fast" marks Bryan's 17th total Country Airplay No. 1.
The coronation follows Bryan's co-hosting gig with Dierks Bentley at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards (April 2), broadcast live on CBS from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. See the entire winners' list here.
All charts, including Country Airplay, will update tomorrow (April 4) on Billboard.com.