Jason Aldean's 'You Make It Easy' Hits No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart
Plus, David Lee Murphy earns his first top 10 since 2004.
Jason Aldean's "You Make It Easy" ascends 2-1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated May 5), up 12 percent to 46 million audience impressions in the week ending April 29, according to Nielsen Music.
Aldean earns his 18th Country Airplay No. 1, a sum that ranks him in 12th place for the most leaders since the chart began in 1990.
The track, written by Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, along with Morgan Wallen and Jordan Schmidt, is the first single from Aldean's new LP Rearview Town, which leads Top Country Albums for a second week (38,000 equivalent album units, down 78 percent, in the week ending April 26).
The 14-week journey to No. 1 on Country Airplay for "Easy" marks Aldean's third-fastest trip to the top. "Take a Little Ride" made a brisk 10-week ascent to No. 1 (Oct. 6, 2012) and "Burnin' It Down" ignited atop the tally in its 13th frame (Nov. 1, 2014).
"I felt like this song was something special the first time I heard it," Aldean tells Billboard. "To watch it take off the way it has and have people respond to it so quickly has been really cool."
Aldean, who claimed the coveted entertainer of the year prize at the April 15 ACM Awards, first led Country Airplay with his second entry, "Why," on May 27, 2006. The song followed his first of 33 Country Airplay appearances to date, "Hicktown," which became his first of 27 top 10s, reaching No. 10 on Oct. 22, 2005.
MORE THAN 'ALRIGHT' Also on Country Airplay, David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" hops 12-10, up 13 percent to 25.9 million impressions. Murphy earns his sixth Country Airplay top 10 and first since the No. 5-peaking "Loco" in 2004. He led the list for two weeks in 1995 with "Dust on the Bottle."