Dan + Shay Debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, Crowns Country Airplay With 'Tequila'
Dan + Shay's new self-titled album bounds in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated July 7), earning 44,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 24,000 are from traditional album sales. On the all-genre Billboard 200, the set starts at a career-best-tying No. 6.
The third studio album from the duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney (produced by Smyers and Scott Hendricks) is the pair's second Top Country Albums No. 1. Where It All Began debuted at No. 1 on April 19, 2014 (with 29,000 sold), and Obsessed opened and peaked at No. 2 on June 25, 2016 (26,000 sold). On the Billboard 200, the LPs launched and peaked at Nos. 6 and 8, respectively.
Concurrently, "Tequila," the first single from the new album, becomes the duo's fourth Country Airplay leader, elevating 2-1, up 14 percent to 43.9 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending July 1.
On the Hot Country Songs chart, which combines airplay, streaming and sales data, "Tequila" holds at its No. 2 high.
"When we first moved to Nashville, we would walk around the office on Music Row and see Billboard charts printed out, only dreaming of one day seeing our names listed," Smyers says. "To watch 'Tequila' climb the [Country Airplay] chart, and launch a new chapter in our career, has been surreal. Our fans are relentless and we're so thankful for their passion and belief. It takes an army to push a song to the top, so this is a big win for us and our team. Celebratory tequila shots are certainly in our future!"
"We knew we had something really special with 'Tequila,' " Mooney muses. "But, it wouldn't have amounted to anything without the people who heard it and connected with it. We're forever grateful."
With "Tequila" ascending to No. 1 on Country Airplay in the same frame that Dan + Shay's new LP debuts atop Top Country Albums, the act is the first to achieve the feat since Blake Shelton, whose If I'm Honest bowed at No. 1 on Top Country Albums while "Came Here to Forget" hopped 4-1 on Country Airplay on June 11, 2016.
Before Dan + Shay, the last duo or group to earn such a double was, Rascal Flatts, whose Unstoppable launched at No. 1 on Top Country Albums as "Here Comes Goodbye" flew 6-1 on Country Airplay on April 25, 2009.
As it reaches the Country Airplay penthouse in its 25th week, "Tequila" marks Dan + Shay's fastest trip to No. 1. The pair's first leader, "Nothin' Like You," reached the summit in its 42nd frame (Dec. 19, 2015), followed by next single "From the Ground Up" (29 weeks; Sept. 3, 2016). Third straight No. 1 "How Not To" reached the pinnacle in its 38th week (July 1, 2017), with all leaders having ruled for a week each.
The duo first charted on Country Airplay with "19 You + Me," which peaked at No. 11 in April 2014.
NEW TOP 10s: Jason Aldean's "Drowns the Whiskey," featuring Miranda Lambert bumps 11-10 on Hot Country Songs. It strides 19-15 on Country Airplay, up 19 percent to 19.4 million in the week ending July 1, and increases by 13 percent to 4.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending June 28. The track's official video debuted June 15.
"Whiskey" marks Aldean's 29th Hot Country Songs top 10 and Lambert's 14th.
On Country Airplay, Morgan Evans achieves his first top 10, as his debut track "Kiss Somebody" climbs 11-9 (23.6 million, up 8 percent).
Finally, Brett Young's "Mercy" darts 14-10 on Country Airplay (23.6 million, up 25 percent). He tallies his fourth top 10 in as many visits, following his No. 2-peaking debut "Sleep Without You" and the No.1s "In Case You Didn't Know" (two weeks on top) and "Like I Loved You" (three).