Old Dominion Scores 'Sweet' Success Atop Country Airplay Chart, Brett Eldredge Feels Top 10 'Love'

Mason Allen
Old Dominion

Old Dominion's "Make It Sweet" becomes the group's sixth No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, and fifth in succession, as it ascends 3-1 on the chart dated May 4.

The song hits the summit with a 8% increase to 38 million audience impressions in the week ending April 28, according to Nielsen Music.

The launch track from Old Dominion's upcoming third full-length studio album was written by all five members of the act with the song's producer, Shane McAnally. Old Dominion consists of Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi.

"From the moment we wrote it, we've always felt 'Make It Sweet' was a special song," Ramsey tells Billboard. "We wrote and recorded it all in the same day. We feel that the song captured the spirit of this band in a way we hadn't been able to do in the past. The guys and I didn't know it at the time but it would set the tone for the entire third album. Having 'Make It Sweet' go all the way to No. 1 will go down as one of our proudest moments."

Old Dominion scored its first Country Airplay No. 1 in November 2015, when "Break Up With Him" led for two weeks. The band's next single, "Snapback," peaked at No. 2 in June 2016, followed by five straight leaders: "Song for Another Time" (December 2016, one week), "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart" (September 2017, one), "Written in the Sand" (February 2018, one), "Hotel Key" (September 2018, two) and "Sweet."

Old Dominion, crowned group of the year at the 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7, owns the second longest active run of Country Airplay leaders. Thomas Rhett has the current longest streak, with six.

On the Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, "Sweet" hits a new high, lifting 9-8.

"SOMEONE" IN THE TOP 10 Brett Eldredge banks his eighth Country Airplay top 10, as "Love Someone" strolls 12-10 in its 43rd frame, up 14% to 22.2 million in audience. On Hot Country Songs, it climbs 19-17.

Eldredge earns his eighth Country Airplay top 10 and first since "The Long Way" reached No. 3 in April 2018. He's tallied five No. 1s.

LOOK AT "YOU" Luke Combs' debut LP This One's for You logs a 32nd week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums (27,000 equivalent album units earned, up 2%).

The set breaks out of a tie for the ninth-longest reign in the chart's history, which dates to 1964, passing Lady Antebellum's 2010 album Need You Now and Clint Black's 1989 debut set Killin' Time, each of which ruled for 31 frames.

This One's for You is the fifth longest-leading No. 1 by a solo male, a week from matching Garth Brooks' 1991 album Ropin' the Wind for fourth place. Among solo men, Randy Travis' 1987 set Always & Forever holds the mark, with 43 weeks at No. 1, second among all artists only to Shania Twain's 1997 LP Come on Over: 50 frames.

PRAISE FOR UPCHURCH Upchurch debuts at No. 7 on Top Country Albums with Creeker 2, which starts with 11,000 equivalent album units.

Upchurch, aka 27-year-old Nashville native Ryan Edward Church, scores his fourth Top Country Albums top 10 among 12 appearances. He previously reached the region with King of Dixie (No. 10, December 2017), Creeker (No. 5, May 2018) and Supernatural (No. 6, September 2018).

With 10,000 copies sold, Creeker 2 opens at No. 1 on the Country Album Sales chart, marking Upchurch's second No. 1 on the retail list, after Supernatural.

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