Blake Shelton's 'God's Country' Crowns Hot Country Songs Chart
Shelton notches his first leader since 2013.
Blake Shelton scores his 14th No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, and first since "Sure Be Cool If You Did" led for five weeks in March and April 2013, as "God's Country" rises 2-1 in its eighth week on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-driven survey (dated May 25).
"Honestly, I wasn't even looking for songs, or to go in the studio, but my producer [Scott Hendricks] called me one say and said, 'I've got a few songs you need to listen to,' and 'God's Country' was the first one that he played," Shelton tells Billboard. "And, man, it stopped me in my tracks and I called him and said, 'We've got to record this now.' I love the song and think it really fills a spot musically that's missing in country music right now and I'm so glad the fans like it as much as I do."
"Country" concurrently climbs into the top 10 on the Country Airplay chart (11-10), becoming his 32nd top 10, with a 13% gain to 23.4 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music. The song also surges by 26% to 26,000 downloads sold, although it dips to No. 2 after six weeks atop Country Digital Song Sales, and up 6% to 10.8 million U.S. streams, despite a 2-4 retreat on Country Streaming Songs.
Shelton first topped Hot Country Songs with his debut hit "Austin" for five weeks in 2001.
COMBS HOISTS "BEER" Following its first full week of tracking, Luke Combs' "Beer Never Broke My Heart," released May 8, romps 12-3 on Hot Country Songs, becoming his sixth top 10. The total includes two No. 1s: "When It Rains It Pours" and "Beautiful Crazy."
"Beer" bumps 2-1 on Country Digital Songs (26,000 sold), becoming Combs' second No. 1 on the list, following "Crazy," which led for seven weeks. His new hit bounds onto Country Streaming Songs at No. 2 with 11 million U.S. streams, marking the best first full week of streaming ever for a country song. It tops the 7 million that Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" drew in its first full frame in February 2017.
Combs performed "Beer" on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 9. The song is from Combs' EP The Prequel, due June 7.
Meanwhile, Combs' debut LP This One's for You logs its 35th week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums (28,000 equivalent album units, up 5%) and moves into a tie for the fifth-longest reign with Taylor Swift's Fearless and the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack; with those sets from 2008 and 2000, respectively, Combs' 2017 album ties them for the longest rule of any title released this century.
Shania Twain's 1997 album Come On Over holds the record for the most time at No. 1 (50 weeks) in the chart's history, which dates to 1964.