Brett Eldredge lands his first top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Don't Ya," which hops 12-10 in its 16th week. The track also becomes Eldredge's first top 10 on Country Digital Songs, where it runs 11-9, moving 50,000 downloads during the tracking week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's Eldredge's best one-week sum, 1,000 better than the song sold the previous week.
As "Don't" reaches a new peak (13-11) in its 37th week on the Nielsen BDS-fueled Country Airplay scorecard, the Illinois-born Eldredge is poised for his first top 10 on the list.
Eldredge first impacted Hot Country Songs with two tracks in 2011: "Raymond" (which peaked at No. 23) and "It Ain't Gotta Be Love" (No. 46).
The uptempo "Don't" mirrors the feel that Eldredge likes to make the trademark of his live shows. "(The stage) is the place I feel more alive than anywhere," he says. "Everything it takes to get to wherever I'm going to play, every airplane and car I ride in, is so worth it. I want everybody in the crowd to feel the energy that I'm feeling from them."
YOUNG LOVE: Eli Young Band, currently on tour with Kenny Chesney, logs a career-high debut on Hot Country Songs with "Drunk Last Night," which snares the Hot Shot Debut at No. 23. The arrival surpasses the band's previous best start, set by "Say Goodnight," which opened at No. 49 last September. That single peaked in February at No. 31 during a 24-week run on Hot Country Songs. The group's previous history on the list includes a pair of leaders: "Crazy Girl" (2011) and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" (2012).
On Country Digital Songs, "Drunk" stumbles in at No. 7 with 53,000 first-week downloads, narrowly besting the band's previous best SoundScan week, when "Crazy Girl" sold just less than 53,000 over Christmas week 2011 (as reflected on the Jan. 14, 2012, chart).
"Drunk" is the lead single from Eli Young Band's forthcoming second Republic Nashville album.
'CRUISE' LINE: Florida Georgia Line continues to dominate Hot Country Songs with "Cruise," which reigns for an 18th cumulative week. It's now just four weeks shy of shattering the all-time record of 21 weeks atop the chart. Meanwhile, the duo's "Round Here" earns the Digital Gainer nod on Hot Country Songs, where it jumps 21-17 (43,000 downloads sold, up 15%, according to SoundScan); "Cruise" holds for a 19th week atop Country Digital Songs (204,000). The latter track also logs an 11th week at No. 1 on Country Streaming Songs.
Concurrently, FGL's "Here's to the Good Times" returns for a second total week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums (31,000 sold).
'PARTY' TIME: Luke Bryan's seventh Country Airplay leader is also his quickest-climbing chart-topper, as "Crash My Party" jumps 2-1 in just its 12th chart week. The Georgia native has, on average, consistently improved his pace to the summit. He'd most recently reigned as a featured artist alongside Eric Church on Jason Aldean's "The Only Way I Know," which reigned in its 16th week (Feb. 16). The threesome improved on Bryan's previous best solo ascent, an 18-week climb to No. 1 with "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," which spent the first of two weeks at the summit on the Nov. 24, 2012, chart. Bryan also spent two weeks at No. 1 a year ago with "Drunk on You," which needed 19 weeks to peak.
Bryan's first three Country Airplay leaders were "Rain Is a Good Thing" (27 weeks to No. 1, 2010), "Someone Else Calling You Baby" (29, 2011) and "I Don't Want This Night to End" (20, 2012).
"Party" has risen as high as No. 2 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs and boasts to-date sales of 896,000 downloads, according to SoundScan.
'MOONLIGHT' SHINES: Randy Houser scores his second straight Country Airplay top 10, and third overall, with "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," which hops 12-10 in its 20th chart week. That's Houser's fastest top 10 climb so far, one week quicker than "Boots On," which reached the upper tier in its 21st frame four summers ago and peaked at No. 2.
Houser's new top 10 follows his first chart-topper, "How Country Feels," which crowned Country Airplay in its 39th week back in February.