13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Jason Aldean Scores First No. 1 Country Album of 2018

Jim Wright
Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean rules Billboard’s charts this week, as his eighth studio album Rearview Town debuts atop the Billboard 200, earning him his fourth No. 1 set and helping him return to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100.

Plus, Drake commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a 13th consecutive week, as “Nice for What” logs its second week at No. 1, following 11 weeks on top for "God's Plan."

Here are 13 other things to know about Billboard’s charts this week:

1. Thanks to “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What,” Drake passes Bruno Mars for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on the Hot 100 this decade among male artists, as he earns his 33rd week at the summit. Click here to read the story.

2. Following his death on Friday, April 20, Avicii’s biggest hit, “Wake Me Up!,” leads both the LyricFind U.S. and LyricFind Global charts. Click here to read the post.

3. Kendrick Lamar’s former Billboard 200 No. 1 album DAMN. rockets 236 percent in sales, according to Nielsen Music, after the set won a Pulitzer Prize in the music category April 16. Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to win a Pulitzer. Click here to read the article.

4. Looking ahead to next week’s Hot 100, Ariana Grande and J. Cole are poised to debut in the top 10 with “No Tears Left to Cry” and “ATM,” respectively. Click here to read the Hot 100 forecast.

5. Plus, in the latest “Ask Billboard” reader mailbag, we look at Grande’s career album and song sales. Click here for the story.

6. On next week’s Billboard 200, J. Cole’s KOD is slated to earn the biggest debut week for an album in 2018, and Cole's fifth No. 1. Click here to read the Billboard 200 forecast.

7. On the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson chat with The Ringer staff writer Victor Luckerson about the continued surge of streaming and Drake’s dominance on the charts. Click here to listen.

8. Over on the Pop Shop Podcast, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson welcome Lance Bass to talk about his reunion with *NSYNC for the group's Hollywood Walk of Fame induction and whether new music is on the horizon. Click here to listen.

9. Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” becomes the first country No. 1 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart since 2014. Click here to read about the achievement.

10. As "Meant to Be," with Florida Georgia Line, crowns the survey, Bebe Rexha joins P!nk, Demi Lovato and other pop acts who have earned No. 1s on the Country Airplay chart. Click here to read the story.

11. Taylor Swift returns to her old stomping grounds, as Sugarland's “Babe,” on which she's featured, marks her first top 40 hit on the Country Airplay chart since 2013. Click here to read the article.

12. On the Latin Airplay list, Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X” hits No. 1. The song is Jam’s eighth leader and Balvin’s ninth. Click here to read the story.

13. Arcade Fire and Bon Iver occupy the top two spots on Billboard’s Hot Tours chart, thanks to performances in the U.K. Click here to read the story.

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