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Jason Aldean performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jason Aldean Covers Billboard


Jason Aldean collects his eighth No. 1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Songs chart, as "Take a Little Ride" motors 3-1 in just its 10th week on the tally. The coronation marks the chart's speediest since Blake Shelton's buzz-worthy "Honey Bee" also flew to the top in its 10th frame the week of June 25, 2011. "Ride" reaches No. 1 fueled by an 8% gain to 37 million audience impressions. The song previews Aldean's fifth album, "Night Train," due Oct. 16.

If you haven't already, check out Billboard's recent cover story on Aldean. "In the country music business, every 10 years or so you're going to have this changing of the guard, this wave of new artists that comes in," he says. "It just so happens that we kind of came in with guys like me and Luke [Bryan], Eric [Church], Miranda [Lambert], Blake, Carrie [Underwood] and Taylor [Swift] - a lot of young acts that came out right about the same time. We kind of jumped right in there in the middle of that stuff, and we're fortunate to be able to have a career."

Speaking of Lambert, the singer logs her seventh top 10, and fourth in-a-row, extending her longest such streak, as "Fastest Girl in Town" rises 11-10 on Country Songs (24 million, up 10%). Her prior single, "Over You" capped the May 19 chart, after "Baggage Claim" had reached No. 3 last December and "Heart Like Mine" ruled the May 28, 2011, chart.

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BRAD'S BIG BOW: The week's splashiest arrival on Country Songs belongs to Brad Paisley, whose "Southern Comfort Style" blasts in at a career-best No. 25 (9 million first-week audience impressions). The start tops his previous highest entry (among 39 career visits), "Then," which opened at No. 26 the week of April 4, 2009; it became his 14th of 18 No. 1s nine weeks later.

"Zone," aided by top-of-the-hour promotional airplay on participating Clear Channel and Media Entertainment-owned stations (Sept. 21), previews Paisley's forthcoming as-yet-untitled album.

HILL HAS 'HEART': Faith Hill also returns to Country Songs, as "American Heart" bows at No. 57. The song is her 45th to reach the survey (that's one for each year, as she celebrated her 45th birthday on Sept. 21). Hill has said that her next studio album has been recorded, although neither a release date nor name - it's been rumored to be titled "Illusion" - has been confirmed.

CORBIN LEADS ALBUM DEBUTS: While Little Big Town spends a second week at No. 1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with "Tornado," selling 50,000 in its second chart week (down 55%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, three debuts infuse the top five.

Easton Corbin's second set, "All Over the Road" begins at No. 2 with 29,000. His self-titled first full-length in 2010 peaked at No. 4 in a 78-week chart run. The new set includes lead single "Lovin' You Is Fun," which rises 9-8 on Country Songs.

Dwight Yoakam returns at No. 3 on Country Albums with "3 Pears" (19,000), his highest rank since "Just Lookin' for a Hit" reached the same position in 1989. The new set is his 15th top 10. At No. 4, Big & Rich bow with "Hillbilly Jedi" (16,000), the duo's fourth top 10 and first since "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace" led the June 23, 2007, tally.

Luke Bryan's former four-week No. 1 "Tailgates & Tanlines" (16,000) rounds out the Country Albums top five, dipping 3-5 in its 59th frame.