Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Vince Gill and steel guitar master Paul Franklin bow at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with "Bakersfield," a collaborative tribute set honoring the city's two biggest musical figures, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.
With Hot Shot debut honors and 12,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Bakersfield" is only the fourth tribute or concept-style album to open inside the top five during the 22-year old SoundScan era—it follows Jamey Johnson's "Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran," which bowed at No. 3 last fall. The short list of lofty starts also includes the multi-artist R&B tribute project "Rhythm Country & Blues," which popped on at No. 2 in 1994, and "Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles," a various artists tribute that bowed at No. 3 in 1993. The album marks Gill's 23rd charted title on Top Country Albums, and the first for Franklin.
Meanwhile, newcomer Tyler Farr scores his first top 10 on Hot Country Songs, as "Redneck Crazy" jumps 11-9 in its 22nd chart week, and joins Brett Eldredge as the only rookies to score their first top 10s on that chart so far this year—Eldredge's "Don't Ya" achieves a new peak at No. 5.
Elsewhere in the upper tier, Keith Urban's "Little Bit of Everything" becomes his 29th consecutive top 10 (counting only non-seasonal, promoted singles since his first ever top 10 in August 2000) as it rises 12-10. Urban's streak of 29 straight top 10's is the chart's third-longest in the Nielsen BDS era (since January 1990), behind Tim McGraw's 34 (1994-04) and George Strait's 31 (1982-1991). Following with 27 apiece are Alan Jackson (1990-97) and Brad Paisley (2000-11). Since Urban's first hit the top 10 13 years ago this month, only Kenny Chesney has placed more titles in that region with 35.
Urban is now tied with Brad Paisley for the second most top 10s during that span. During the Nielsen BDS era (1990-present), Urban's new top 10 shifts him into sole possession of the 10th most top 10s on Hot Country Songs. He was previously tied with Clint Black and Rascal Flatts, who have 28 apiece. Urban's seventh studio set titled "Fuse" will be released September 10—the artist's website began processing pre-orders this week at keithurban.net.
Over on the Country Airplay chart, Luke Bryan posts a career-best start at No. 21 "That's My Kind of Night." The entry -- driven mostly by coordinated hourly play July 30 at Clear Channel-owned stations -- surpasses Bryan's previous opening-week benchmark, a No. 28 debut in April with previous single "Crash My Party," which descends to No. 8 in its 17th chart week following three weeks at the summit last month.
"Party" is the lead single and title track from Bryan's fourth full-length album, due August 13. Concurrently, "Night" bows at No. 40 on Hot Country Songs. The artist finishes up a west coast swing this weekend on his Dirt Road Diaries tour, and hosts a sold-out album release show August 15th at Irving Plaza in New York City. The new album is also the centerpiece of a Bryan-themed programming weekend August 10-11 on CMT. His tour resumes August 23 in Bethel, N.Y.
Meanwhile, Randy Houser claims his first multi-week No. 1 on Country Airplay -- and achieves the biggest one-week audience sum since the chart converted to audience-based rankings in January 2005 -- as "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" dominates the chart for a second week with 47.4 million impressions.
Houser's second No. 1 follows "How Country Feels," which topped the February 2 chart, and surpasses the previous audience mark (46.7 million) set three weeks ago by Bryan's "Crash My Party" (chart dated July 27). Houser's track is the 20th song to reach No. 1 so far this year, and the tenth among those to hold for more than one week. At this same point last year, 24 songs had spent time atop the chart, and nine of those had held for more than one week, but none had stayed more than two weeks. Three of this year's multi-week No. 1s have held for three weeks apiece: Zac Brown Band "Goodbye in Her Eyes" (January); Tim McGraw "One of Those Nights" (March); Bryan "Crash My Party" (July).
Florida Georgia Line and Justin Moore freshen-up the top 10 on Country Airplay, noted as the duo logs its third straight top 10 contender with "Round Here," and Moore inks his fifth overall with "Point at You."
FGL jumps 12-9 with the third track from its debut album, "Here's to the Good Times," while Moore steps 11-10 with the lead single from his third full-length album, "Off the Beaten Path," due September 17. The duo's album reigns for a seventh week on Top Country Albums (28,000 sold, according to SoundScan). Lead single "Cruise" extends its record-breaking run atop Hot Country Songs to 23 weeks, and notches a 24th week at the Country Digital songs summit (107,000 downloads during the SoundScan tracking week ending Aug. 4).
Also noteworthy: Uncle Kracker makes his fourth solo appearance on Country Airplay with "Blue Skies," which bows at No. 59. He achieved his best solo rank when crossover hit "Smile" peaked at No. 6 three years ago, and spent five weeks at No. 1 as Kenny Chesney's duet partner on "When the Sun Goes Down" in 2004.