Morgan Wallen's 'Whiskey Glasses' Hits Country Airplay Top 10; Aaron Lewis' 'State' Starts at No. 2 on Top Country Albums
Singer-songwriter Morgan Wallen earns his second top 10 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart as "Whiskey Glasses" rises 11-9 in its 34th week on the survey (dated April 27). The song gained by 18% to 23.6 million audience impressions in the week ending April 21, according to Nielsen Music.
On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-powered Hot Country Songs chart, "Glasses" glides 10-8.
The track, written by Ben Burgess and Kevin Kadish, follows Wallen's "Up Down" (featuring Florida Georgia Line), which led the June 30, 2018-dated Country Airplay list, becoming his first No. 1 (and FGL's 12th of 14 leaders).
Wallen's debut entry, "The Way I Talk," reached No. 30 on Country Airplay in May 2017. All three singles are from his freshman LP, If I Know Me, which entered at its No. 11 Top Country Albums peak in May 2018.
In addition to his two Country Airplay top 10s as a credited artist, Wallen co-wrote Jason Aldean's "You Make It Easy," with Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, plus Jordan Schmidt. The song led Country Airplay for a week in May 2018.
'HERE' EXTENSION Brett Young's "Here Tonight" lengthens its stay in the Country Airplay penthouse to a second week, increasing by 8% to 40.2 million in radio reach.
Young's fourth Country Airplay leader is the lead single from his sophomore major-label LP, Ticket to L.A., which launched as his first Top Country Albums No. 1 in December.
All four of Young's Country Airplay No. 1s have now ruled for multiple weeks. "Here" follows "Mercy," which dominated for two frames in August 2018; "Like I Loved You" (three, January 2018); and "In Case You Didn't Know" (two, June 2017). (His first hit, "Sleep Without You," reached No. 2 in December 2016.)
"Here" marks the fifth multi-week Country Airplay No. 1 in 2019, following Luke Combs' "Beautiful Crazy" (seven weeks at the summit), Scotty McCreery's "This Is It," Jason Aldean's "Girl Like You" and Dan + Shay's "Speechless" (two each). The sum outpaces four multi-frame leaders through this point in both 2018 and 2017.
LEWIS LEADS Aaron Lewis' third country LP, State I'm In, debuts at No. 2 on Top Country Albums with 23,000 equivalent album units (22,000 in traditional album sales) in the week ending April 18. On the all-genre Billboard 200, State starts at No. 18.
State, produced by Buddy Cannon, includes 10 songs, six of which were co-written by Lewis, who continues his segue to country after scoring initial success as a founding member and the lead vocalist of Staind. The hard rock outfit has notched three No. 1s on the Billboard 200.
State marks Lewis' first country album since Sinner, which became his second Top Country Albums leader when it arrived at the apex on the Oct. 8, 2016, with 39,000 copies sold, his sales best week in the country format to date. He made his country debut with his 2011 EP Town Line (38,000 sold in its first week). In 2012, his first solo LP The Road debuted and peaked at No. 7 (21,000 sold).