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Jason Aldean's 'Drowns The Whiskey,' Featuring Miranda Lambert, Tops Country Airplay

Jason Aldean Drowns the Whiskey
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Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert, "Drowns the Whiskey"

Jason Aldean's "Drowns the Whiskey," featuring Miranda Lambert (Macon/Broken Bow), ascends 3-1 in its 15th week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 25). It rises 9 percent to 38.6 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending Aug. 19, according to Nielsen Music.  

On the Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, "Whiskey" lifts 7-6, reaching a new peak.   

"I've always loved this song," Aldean tells Billboard. "It was really a cool moment for me when Miranda agreed to sing on it in the first place, so for it to become a single and then to go No. 1 is really special."   

As the traditional-leaning song -- written by Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney and Jeff Middleton -- reaches the Country Airplay penthouse, Aldean earns his 19th No. 1, tying him for ninth place with Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley for the most leaders since the chart launched in 1990. Kenny Chesney leads with 30 No. 1s.

"Whiskey" is the second single from Aldean's album Rearview Town, which debuted atop the all-genre Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts dated April 28 with 183,000 equivalent album units. First single "You Make It Easy" led Country Airplay for two weeks beginning May 5.

Aldean first ruled Country Airplay with his second entry (of 35 to date), "Why," on May 27, 2006. The song followed his debut hit, "Hicktown," which became his first of 28 top 10s, reaching No. 10 in October 2005.

Lambert lands her fifth Country Airplay No. 1 among 12 top 10s and 30 chart appearances. She last led on Dec. 7, 2013, with her Keith Urban duet "We Were Us." She first appeared on the chart with "Me and Charlie Talking," which peaked at No. 27 in March 2005, first visited the top 10 with "Gunpowder and Lead" (No. 7, August 2008) and first reigned with "The House That Built Me" (four weeks in 2010, her longest-leading No. 1).

RECORD RISE: Dylan Scott's "Hooked" (Curb) reaches the Country Airplay top 10 in its record-setting 51st week (11-8), increasing 8 percent to 29.2 million audience impressions.

The single's top 10 trip surpasses two tracks that each took 50 weeks to enter the tier: Easton Corbin's "A Girl Like You" rose 11-10 in its 50th week on Jan. 13 (and peaked at No. 6 on Feb. 17), and Aaron Watson's "Outta Style" lifted 11-10 (its peak) in its 50th frame on Dec. 30, 2017.

'MEANT TO' STREAM: Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" (Warner Bros./Big Machine Label Group) extends its record run atop Hot Country Songs to 38 weeks, having bested Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road," which led for 34 weeks in 2017.

On Country Streaming Songs, "Meant" rents the penthouse for a record-tying 34th frame with 13.7 million U.S. steams (up 1 percent). "Body" led the list, which launched in April 2013, for 34 weeks starting Feb. 25, 2017.

JOHNSON JUMPS IN: Singer-songwriter Cody Johnson's new single, "On My Way to You" (Cojo/Warner Music Nashville), bounds onto Hot Country Songs at No. 25, marking the chart's highest debut.

"You," which is Johnson's first single in a partnership with Warner Nashville, marks his second appearance on Hot Country Songs, following "With You I Am," which debuted and peaked at No. 46 in December 2016.

"You" launches at No. 1 on Country Digital Song Sales with 18,000 downloads sold in its first week (ending Aug. 16) as Johnson reigns in his first visit to the tally. On Country Airplay, "You" rockets by 143 percent to 3.2 million audience impressions and jumps 53-37 in its second week on the list.