Kane Brown Has Been Dominant on the Country Digital Songs Chart Since His 2015 Breakthrough

Brian Jamie
Kane Brown

When discussing the biggest male stars in country music, there might be a host of names that come to mind before Kane Brown's. From radio staples like Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett to veteran live draws like Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban, the genre has long been overwhelmed by solo males who've already become institutions, with consistent success over many years of productivity. 

But since his emergence in 2015, Brown -- a 25-year-old singer-songwriter without the same wide name recognition or long-established track record as the previously mentioned stars -- has been absolutely dominant in at least one arena: song sales. Following his self-released debut EP Closer in 2014, his breakthrough hit "Used to Love You Sober" debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Country Digital Song Sales chart in November 2015, likely thanks in large part to strong support from viewers of his YouTube channel, where he'd previously built a fanbase posting covers of country classics and contemporary hits.

Since then, Billboard's most recent cover star has racked up an impressive six No. 1s on the chart -- starting with "Found You" in September 2017, right up to this very chart week, where "Good as You" debuts atop the listing -- to go with another eight top 10s, including "Sober." Since the beginning of 2015, only Rhett has as many top 10 hits on the chart as Brown's 14 total, and none can match his six No. 1s. Brown's young-skewing and highly devoted fanbase have consistently expressed their affection with their wallets, and each new single of his is likely to become an immediate best-seller.

(Brown has also launched four top 10 hits on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart, led by the No. 4 peak of "Heaven" in May 2018 -- more than any other solo male country act since 2015, and tied with Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line among all country acts over that period.)

It should be noted that despite his sales dominance, Brown still has considerable catching up to do to his country peers in terms of radio airplay. Since his November 2015 breakthrough, he's posted three top 10 hits on Billboard's Country Airplay chart -- including a pair of No. 1s, in 2017's Lauren Alaina-featuring "What Ifs" and this year's "Heaven" -- but that number ranks just 19th overall among artists over that timespan. (Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan lead the way on that tally, with eight top 10 hits each.) 

But how exactly do some of his country peers compare to his Country Digital Song Sales success since the beginning of 2015? Take a look at tallies for some of the genre's biggest names below, as well as a breakdown of how Brown rates against the other most prolific country artists of the period on the overall Digital Song Sales chart. 

Kane Brown
20 total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
14 top 10s 
Six No. 1s

Jason Aldean
24 total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
11 top 10s
Two No. 1s

Luke Bryan
32 total entries on Country Digital Song Sales 
13 top 10s
Two No. 1s

Keith Urban
14 total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
Eight top 10s
Two No. 1s

Kenny Chesney
12 total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
Four top 10s​
One No. 1

Thomas Rhett
19 total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
14 top 10s
One No. 1

Blake Shelton
25 total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
13 top 10s
One No. 1

Chris Stapleton
16 total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
Six top 10s
One No. 1

Dierks Bentley
14 total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
Four top 10s
Zero No. 1s

Eric Church
12 total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
Six top 10s
Zero No. 1s

Brett Young
Five total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
Five top 10s
Zero No. 1s

Chris Young
Nine total entries on Country Digital Song Sales
Five top 10s
Zero No. 1s

Most total entries on the Digital Song Sales chart since January 1, 2015, among country acts:

Thomas Rhett, 14
Kane Brown, 13
Florida Georgia Line, 13
Luke Bryan, 12
Blake Shelton, 11
Carrie Underwood, 10
Jason Aldean, 10

Most top 10s on the Digital Song Sales chart since Jan. 1, 2015, among country acts:

Carrie Underwood, 4
Florida Georgia Line, 4
Kane Brown, 4
Keith Urban, 3
Thomas Rhett, 3


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