K enny Chesney lands his 21st No. 1 on Country Songs, as "Reality" steps 2-1 in its 23rd chart week -- the slowest chart-topping climb of his career.
That surpasses Chesney's 22-week rise with "You Had Me from Hello," which crowned the Sept. 18, 1999 chart. He also needed 21 weeks to reach the top with "Don't Happen Twice" in June 2001, but his career average of 13.8 weeks is significantly swifter.
Chesney's best time to the summit is eight weeks, set when "Never Wanted Nothing More" spent the first of five weeks at No. 1 in August 2007, and matched two months later when follow-up single "Don't Blink" began a four-week run atop the chart. Chesney first topped the chart with "She's Got It All" in August 1997, and most recently with "Live a Little" in May.
The new No. 1 is the final radio single from the 2010 "Hemingway's Whiskey" album, while Chesney's as-yet untitled next album is slated for release June 19.
Audience leaders for "Reality" during the Nielsen BDS tracking week are KKGO Los Angeles (1.0 million impressions), KEEY Minneapolis (903,000), WUSN Chicago (875,000), WYCD Detroit (726,000) and WKLB Boston (634,000). The song sold 7,000 downloads during the tracking week, according to our exclusive data suppliers at Nielsen SoundScan.
Chesney is heading back on the road in his "Brothers of the Sun" tour starting June 2 in Tampa, Fla. He'll be reuniting with friend Tim McGraw for the trip.
Meanwhile, Craig Morgan achieves a career-best rank on Country Albums with "This Ole Boy" which draws Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 5 with 12,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His previous best was noted when "My Kind of Livin'" peaked on opening week at No. 7 in March 2005. The lead single and title track from the new album also reaches a new peak at No. 22 in its 33rd week on the songs chart, and bows at No. 31 with 14,000 downloads on Country Digital Songs. Find complete country chart data at Billboard.biz.