Jason Aldean Extends Country Airplay Rule, Dan + Shay Double Up Atop Hot Country Songs Again

​Joseph Llanes
Jason Aldean photographed on Aug. 22, 2016 at Urban Cowboy in Nashville, Tenn.

Plus, Midland gains their second top 10 on Country Airplay.

Jason Aldean's "Girl Like You" holds the top spot for a second straight week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Feb. 9), pulling in 40.1 million audience impressions (up 2 percent) in the week ending Feb. 3, according to Nielsen Music.

On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-powered Hot Country Songs chart, "Girl" enters the top five, climbing 7-5.  

Aldean's 20th Country Airplay leader is the third single and third No. 1 from his album Rearview Town, which debuted atop the all-genre Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts last April.

"Girl" marks Aldean's third straight multi-week leader on Country Airplay, following "You Make It Easy," which led for two weeks starting on the May 5, 2018-dated list, and "Drowns the Whiskey" (featuring Miranda Lambert), which dominated for two frames starting in August.

Aldean is the first artist to rattle off three straight multi-week leaders on Country Airplay since Brett Young, whose "In Case You Didn't Know" paced the survey for two frames beginning June 10, 2017; followed by "Like I Loved You," which led for three weeks beginning Jan. 3, 2018; and "Mercy," which claimed the summit for two frames last August. (The latest from Young, "Here Tonight," rises 19-16 on the tally, up 13 percent to 15.7 million in radio reach.)

Meanwhile, the last artist to produce more than three straight multi-week Country Airplay leaders is Blake Shelton, who snapped off five in a row. Shelton was in the middle of a streak of 17 consecutive Country Airplay leaders at the time (counting only officially promoted, non-seasonal singles), a run that started with 2010's "Hillbilly Bone" (featuring Trace Adkins). 

Shelton's five successive multi-week leaders began with 2011's "Honey Bee" (four weeks at No. 1) and continued with "God Gave Me You" (three, 2011); "Drink on It" (two, 2012); "Over" (two, 2012); and "Sure Be Cool If You Did" (two, 2013).

DOUBLE FOR THE DUO Dan + Shay, the tandem of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, hold the top two spots on Hot Country Songs for an eighth frame.

"Tequila" reigns for a second week. On last week's Feb. 2-dated list, the song rose 2-1, completing a record 54-week trip to the top, becoming the pair's second leader. The song reached the apex after a 19-week wait at No. 2, the most time that any title has been second-best in the chart's history.

Dan + Shay dethroned themselves when "Tequila" reached the top of the tally, with their follow-up hit "Speechless" moving from No. 1 to No. 2 after dominating Hot Country Songs for nine frames. "Speechless" ranks at No. 2 for a second week.

"Tequila" holds atop Hot Country Songs as it ranks at No. 3 on Country Streaming Songs (10.1 million U.S. streams, up 3 percent) and No. 6 on Country Digital Song Sales (6,000 sold, down 10 percent). "Tequila," which topped Country Airplay for two weeks last July, continues to reap the benefit of pop radio crossover play. The track ranks at No. 19 on Adult Contemporary and No. 21 on Pop Songs, after reaching No. 10 on Adult Pop Songs in November.

"Speechless" ruled Country Airplay for four frames starting Dec. 22 and is just beginning to grow beyond its home format, debuting at No. 39 on the new, Feb. 9-dated Adult Pop Songs chart.

With "Tequila" and "Speechless" at Nos. 1 and 2 on Hot Country Songs, respectively, Dan + Shay hold the two top spots for an eighth week, marking the second-best such run in the chart's history and the most among duos. Luke Bryan controlled the top two slots simultaneously for nine weeks in 2014.

"All to Myself" is Dan + Shay's newest country radio single, and the third from the duo's self-titled third LP. The set debuted as the pair's second No. 1 on Top Country Albums last July.

BURNING UP Midland banks its second Country Airplay top 10, as "Burn Out" rises 11-10 (23.4 million, up 2 percent). The song is the trio's third appearance, following its debut single "Drinkin' Problem," which peaked at No. 3 in 2017. Their second single, "Make a Little" reached No. 15 in January 2018.


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