Band Perry Notches First No. 1 On Top Country Albums Chart

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The sibling trio reigns with sophomore set "Pioneer." Plus, strong moves for Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Lee Brice

With its fattest-ever weekly sum, the Band Perry posts its first No. 1 on Top Country Albums, as its sophomore set "Pioneer" opens with 129,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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The sibling trio's previous best sales week came when its self-titled first full-length album sold 53,000 during Thanksgiving week 2011 (reflected on the chart dated Dec. 10, 2011). A little more than a year earlier, it had opened (and peaked) at No. 2 with 52,000.

The new album's lead single, "Better Dig Two," spent two weeks atop Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay and one week at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs. Follow-up "DONE." surges 25-10 on Hot Country Songs with Streaming Gainer honors (262,000 streams, according to Nielsen BDS) following its April 3 video premiere. The trio's performance of the latter song on the April 7 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards on CBS helps downloads spike to 67,000 sold (up 178%), pushing it 20-7 on Country Digital Songs. On Country Airplay, "DONE." rises 20-19.

The threesome visits ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" next Tuesday (April 16).

CHARTED WATERS: High atop Hot Country Songs, duo Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" encores at the summit with an 8-1 leap and Digital Gainer stripes following the April 2 release of a remix featuring rapper Nelly. The new version is spurring crossover airplay, as the tracks pushes 38-31 in its second week on the Pop Songs radio chart.

It's the song's third trip to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, having climbed to the top for a three-week stay beginning Dec. 22 and a two-week return starting on Jan. 19. With a combined download total of 248,000, with the remix accounting for 75%, "Cruise" crowns Country Digital Songs for a sixth cumulative week.

On Top Country Albums, the duo snares Greatest Gainer honors with "Here's to the Good Times," which sells 26,000 (up 8%) and rises 6-3 in its 18th week. The album has spent all its weeks in the top 10, having peaked at No. 2 in January.

Florida Georgia Line's second hit, "Get Your Shine On," ranks at No. 6 on Hot Country Songs, No. 8 on Country Airplay and No. 9 on Country Digital Songs. On the Country Streaming Songs chart, one of Billboard's new streaming genre charts introduced this week, "Cruise" and "Shine" place at Nos. 4 and 7, respectively.

All Things ACMs

TUBE TALK: Two songs dent Hot Country Songs thanks to just a few hours of sales, having been released digitally following performances on the ACM Awards on Sunday evening. Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" sells 26,000 and opens at No. 35, while Hunter Hayes' "I Want Crazy" debuts with 18,000 at No. 36.

Two other TV-fueled entries arrive. Sister duo Lennon & Maisy draws Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 32 with its cover of the Lumineers' former No. 3-peaking Hot 100 hit "Ho Hey"; the siblings performed their version on the April 3 episode of ABC's "Nashville." At No. 45, NBC's "The Voice" contestant Savannah Berry debuts with her triple-chair-turning audition cover of Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound." (Only Usher abstained, before resident country coach Blake Shelton won the bidding over Adam Levine and Shakira.)

FAST 'TRUCK': Lee Brice clocks his best time to the Country Airplay apex with "I Drive Your Truck," which becomes his third consecutive No. 1 in its 19th week. ("Truck" goes into reverse on Hot Country Songs after parking for three weeks at its No. 6 peak.)

Brice had most recently topped Country Airplay with "Hard to Love," which needed 25 weeks to ring the top bell, reigning for two weeks last fall. Brice's first No. 1 was "A Woman Like You," which led in its 27th week a year ago.

Darius Rucker, meanwhile, scores his seventh Country Airplay top 10 with "Wagon Wheel" (12-10). The move cushions the song's drop to No. 2 on Hot Country Songs after it reached the top last week. "Wheel" is the second single from his May 21 album "True Believers."

OH 'BOYS': As has become the norm for new tracks that post lofty Country Airplay debuts powered by opening coordinated hourly play at major radio chains, Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here," featuring Pistol Annies & Friends, takes a second-week dip, tumbling 19-22 (13.1 million audience impressions, down 5%). Despite the drop, "Boys" posts a net gain of 24 stations over its debut week, with at least one play at 124 of the 128 stations monitored for the chart during the tracking week.

The song meanwhile jumps 7-6 on Country Digital Songs (69,000. 27%), helping result in its 15-12 lift in its third week on Hot Country Songs.


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