With a career-best rank and biggest sales week on Top Country Albums (14,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), country rap/southern rock duo the Lacs (Clay Sharpe and Brian King) draw Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 3 with their third album, "Keep it Redneck." Their previous best was No. 16 with "190 Proof," which debuted in April 2012 with 7,000 sold.
The duo first appeared on the chart with "Country Boy's Paradise," which set an opening-week peak at No. 52 in March 2011. The new album also starts with the duo's best rank at No. 7 on the Independent Albums tally.
The Lacs (short for Loud Ass Crackers) are also known for having written the theme song for "Mud Lovin' Rednecks," the new reality show which premiered Aug. 27 on Animal Planet.
SWEET: With duo Sugarland on indefinite hiatus, Jennifer Nettles' "That Girl" debuts at No. 37 on Hot Country Songs and No. 23 on Country Digital Songs (19,000 sold), marking her first solo appearance on the latter chart.
Nettles previously appeared as Bon Jovi's vocal guest on "Who Says You Can't Go Home," which reigned for two weeks on Hot Country Songs seven years ago. She performed 'Girl" Aug. 20 on ABC's "Good Morning America."
'CRUISE' TO 'HERE': One week after Luke Bryan became the second male artist to have two songs simultaneously in the top three on Hot Country Songs (Tim McGraw was the first), Florida Georgia Line becomes the first duo/group in the Nielsen BDS era (since January 1990) to manage the feat, as "Round Here" rises 8-3, joining their record-shattering, 24-week former chart-topper "Cruise" (2-2) on the chart's medal podium.
Bryan, meanwhile, holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with "Crash My Party" (159,000 sold). Bryan repeats atop Country Digital Songs (126,000) and Hot Country Songs, adding Streaming Gainer honors on the latter chart (920,000 U.S. streams, up 98%, according to BDS), and a 16-4 second-week leap on Country Streaming Songs.
'TRAIN' ROLLS ON: Jason Aldean posts his best Hot Country Songs rank in nearly a year, as "Night Train" flies 11-4 (becoming his 18th top 10), adding Airplay Gainer stripes (up 15%, according to BDS). It's his best placement since "Take a Little Ride" spent two weeks at the summit last October.
URBAN RENEWAL: Keith Urban claims his 15th No. 1 on the Country Airplay tally, and his first in a year and a half, as "Little Bit of Everything "steps 2-1.
Urban boasts the ninth-most leaders, moving into sole possession of ninth place among all acts since the BDS-based chart's 1990 launch, breaking a tie with Blake Shelton. Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and George Strait share the lead with 26 toppers each.
Urban had most recently topped the chart with "You Gonna Fly," which reigned for two weeks in March 2012.
"Everything" is the lead single from Urban's new set "Fuse," due Sept. 10. A second pre-order track, "Even the Stars Fall 4 U," was released digitally on Aug. 20, and enters Country Digital Songs at No. 36 (19,000 sold).
POPULAR 'GIRL': Billy Currington returns to the Country Airplay top 10 for the first time in 16 months with "Hey Girl," which advances 11-10, marking his 15th song to reach the upper tier.
He'd last reached the region with "Let Me Down Easy," which became his sixth No. 1 on the chart dated April 2, 2011. Five months later, he peaked at No. 11 with "Love Done Gone," after which "Like My Dog" stopped at No. 24 in January 2012.
Currington's latest introduces his fifth studio album, and first in three years, "We Are Tonight," due Sept. 17.