Kane Brown Wins With 'Lose,' Dustin Lynch and Thomas Rhett Go Top 10 On Country Airplay Chart

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Kane Brown accepts the Favorite Male Artist - Country award onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Oct. 9, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Kane Brown's "Lose It" ascends 3-1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Dec. 8), increasing by 6 percent to 40.5 million audience impressions in the week ending Dec. 2, according to Nielsen Music.

On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, "Lose" rebounds 5-3. It crowned Hot Country Songs two weeks earlier (Nov. 24), dethroning Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" (Warner Bros./Big Machine Label Group), which dominated for a record 50 weeks.

"Lose," which Brown wrote with Chase McGill and Will Weatherly, is the first single from Brown's second full-length Experiment, which debuted atop both the all-genre Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts dated Nov. 24 with 126,000 equivalent album units.

"Lose" is the third total and consecutive Country Airplay No. 1 for the 25-year-old singer-songwriter. "Heaven" led for two weeks in May, after "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina, reigned on Oct. 28, 2017.

Brown charted two prior Country Airplay songs: "Used to Love You Sober," his maiden posting, which peaked at No. 35 in May 2016, followed by "Thunder in the Rain," which reached No. 43 that November.

All five songs have been released RCA Nashville, to which Brown signed in early 2016 after building a strong social media following starting in 2014, mainly by posting covers of songs by such artists as  Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, George Strait and others.

"GOOD" NEWS Dustin Lynch adds his seventh top 10 on both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, as "Good Girl" climbs 13-10 and 11-7 on the lists, respectively. On the latter, the song hikes by 14 percent to 25 million in audience.

Lynch first reached the top 10 with the No. 2-peaking "Cowboys and Angels" in 2012.

"SIXTEEN" IS TOP 10 Thomas Rhett rolls up his 13th top Country Airplay 10, as "Sixteen" pushes 12-8 (24.3 million, up 11 percent). The track, which Rhett co-authored, bumps 12-11 on Hot Country Songs.

Of his prior 12 Country Airplay top 10s, Rhett logged 11 as a lead artist -- all of which have hit No. 1. ("Small Town Throwdown," by Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Rhett, reached No. 8 in 2014.) Rhett has logged 18 appearances on the tally, having first reached the upper tier in 2013 with his first No. 1, "It Goes Like This," which ruled for three weeks.

WORDS ABOUT "SPEECHLESS" Dan + Shay's "Speechless" leads Hot Country Songs for a second week, after becoming pair's first No. 1 and the chart's third leader of 2018, after Kane Brown's "Lose It" and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be."

"Speechless" holds at the Hot Country Songs apex thanks to its 7 percent gain to 32.4 million in radio reach, as it rises 6-4 on Country Airplay. It holds atop Country Digital Song Sales for a sixth week, despite falling by 30 percent to 10,000 downloads sold, and dips 6-8 on Country Streaming Songs (8.3 million U.S. streams, down 7 percent).

BROOKS ROLLS Garth Brooks notches his 89th Country Airplay appearance, a total that includes 19 leaders among 35 top 10s, as "Stronger Than Me", a tribute to wife Trisha Yearwood, debuts at No. 56 (1.2 million impressions).

Brooks ties Kenny Chesney for the second-most career Country Airplay appearances, dating to the chart's January 1990 launch. George Strait leads with 98 entries. Rounding out the top five most frequent visitors: Tim McGraw (83) and Alan Jackson (82).

Brooks premiered "Stronger" with a performance on the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards, broadcast Nov. 14 on ABC.

"Stronger" follows "All Day Long," which hit No. 11 on Country Airplay in September, and "Ask Me How I Know," which, in December 2017, became Brooks' first No. 1 on the survey since 2007. After a five-year break from the chart, he has posted nine entries since December 2013.


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