Latin Grammys 2018
Luke Bryan Bows Atop 'Country' Albums Chart, Blake Shelton Laps Up 25th Airplay Leader
Luke Bryan earns his fourth No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums with his sixth studio full-length, What Makes You Country (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville). The set arrives atop both charts (dated Dec. 30) with 108,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 14, with 99,000 in traditional album sales, according to Nielsen Music.
For the 41-year-old Bryan, the 15-track set, co-produced by the father-and-son team of Jeff and Jody Stevens, is his fourth No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 and seventh to arrive in the Top Country Albums penthouse.
Bryan's last studio LP, Kill the Lights, the first album ever to produce six Country Airplay No. 1s, arrived atop the tallies with 320,000 copies sold (Aug. 29, 2015). He last led Top Country Albums with the EP Farm Tour: Here's to the Farmer (32,000, Oct. 15, 2016).
Bryan first ruled Top Country Albums with his third LP, Tailgates & Tanlines, which entered atop the list dated Aug. 27, 2011 (145,000). His other Top Country Albums leaders: Spring Break…Here to Party (2013); Crash My Party (2013), with 528,000 sold, the artist's biggest single-week sales to date; the EP Spring Break 6 ...Like We Ain't Ever (2014); and Spring Break… Checkin' Out (2015).
On the Billboard 200, Bryan has led with Spring Break…Here to Party; Crash My Party; and Kill the Lights, prior to What Makes You Country.
The first of Bryan's 14 Top Country Albums appearances was his debut, I'll Stay Me, which arrived and peaked at No. 24 on Sept. 1, 2007 (25,000 sold).
SHELTON WALKS 'DOGS' TO NO. 1 On Country Airplay, Blake Shelton's "I'll Name the Dogs" (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) rises 2-1, jumping 10 percent to 44.5 million audience impressions in the week ending Dec. 17.
The lead single from Shelton's album Texoma Shore, which launched at No. 1 on Top Country Albums (63,000 units, Nov. 25), marks his 25th Country Airplay No. 1, ranking him fifth among artists with the most No. 1s on the almost 28-year-old list. Tim McGraw leads with 29 No. 1s, followed by Kenny Chesney (28), Alan Jackson and George Strait (26 apiece).
"'I'll Name The Dogs' is the song that was impetus for the Texoma Shore album," Shelton tells Billboard. "I love this song, and I love my fans for their unbelievable support year-in and year-out. Thank you all and Merry Christmas."
"Dogs" is Shelton's third consecutive Country Airplay No. 1 (after "Every Time I Hear That Song" and "Guy With a Girl"), after he'd set a record with 17 straight leaders (promoted to radio and excluding holiday fare). The run began with 2010's "Hillbilly Bone" (featuring Trace Adkins) and stretched through "Came Here to Forget" in 2016.
Shelton first topped Country Airplay with his debut single "Austin" for five weeks in 2001.
NIFTY FIFTY Also on Country Airplay, Aaron Watson achieves his first top 10, as "Outta Style" (BIG Label) enters the chart's upper tier in its 50th week, increasing 8 percent to 21.9 million, as it rises 11-10. Watson's 50-week journey marks a new record for the longest trip to the top 10, besting Chris Lane's "For Her," which reached its No. 10 peak on Sept. 16 in its 48th frame.
BOOMING INTO THE TOP 10 Finally, Walker Hayes' new LP, Boom (Monument/Sony Music Nashville), arrives on Top Country Albums at No. 6, earning 16,000 equivalent album units (12,000 in traditional sales). Boom marks Hayes' second Top Country Albums appearance; his 2010 self-titled EP debuted and peaked at No. 66.
"You Broke Up With Me," Boom's launch single, holds at No. 14 on Hot Country Songs and bumps 16-15 on Country Airplay (17 million, up 3 percent).