At six weeks, Bryan's 'That's My Kind of Night' is the longest-leading No. 1 on Hot Country Songs since 2005. Plus, Moore bows atop Top Country Albums and Aldean rules Country Airplay
With a sixth week atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" is the longest-running leader by a solo male artist in the almost eight years since Keith Urban's "Better Life" wrapped a six-week reign on the chart dated Nov. 26, 2005.
The longest No. 1 runs by men since then until this week belong to Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton; Chesney led for five weeks with "Summertime" (2006) and "Never Wanted Nothing More" (2007), while Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did" stacked five frames on top in March/April. No solo male has led for longer than six weeks since Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" spent seven weeks at the summit in 2004.
Bryan's track adds Streaming Gainer honors with 1.9 million U.S. streams, up 29%, according to Nielsen BDS. On Country Digital Songs, "Night" lands a sixth straight week at No. 1 (103,000 sold during the tracking week, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
WHISKEY FOR MY MEN: The top five slots on Top Country Albums are all held by men, including new arrivals by Justin Moore, Chris Young and Billy Currington.
With his biggest one-week sum to date, Moore's "Off the Beaten Path" opens atop the chart with 97,000 sold (good for a No. 2 debut on the all-genre Billboard 200). The new album is the Arkansas native's third full-length studio set, preceded by "Outlaws Like Me" (2011) and his self-titled debut album (2009), which opened with 65,000 and 34,000 sold, respectively. On the Billboard 200, "Path" is one of five country albums in the top 10, the most country titles in that chart's upper region in more than three years.
Young's "A.M." arrives at No. 2 on Top Country Albums with 55,000 sold, marking his fourth straight top 10 debut and second-biggest one-week sum. He rang his best sales week when previous album "Neon" opened with 73,000 (July 30, 2011). The new album's lead single, "Aw Naw," jumps 12-9 on Hot Country Songs. It's his sixth top 10 and first in 19 months; he'd most recently populated the upper tier with "You," which crowned the Feb. 11, 2012, list.
Currington's "We Are Tonight" starts at No. 5 on Top Country Albums with 26,000. It's his fifth studio album and first in three years. On Hot Country Songs, lead single "Hey Girl" reaches a new peak with a 7-5 leap, drawing Digital Gainer applause (32,000, up 31%).
'TRAIN' RIDE: Jason Aldean logs his 10th No. 1 on the Country Airplay tally with "Night Train," which rolls 2-1.
Aldean is one of seven artists to score more than one leader this year, following Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, the Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser and Luke Bryan. No artist has landed more than two in a calendar year since Bryan rolled three straight last year. Seven artists had also scored two leaders apiece by this time last year, and nine such artists did so by the end of 2012.
Aldean had most recently topped the radio tally with "The Only Way I Know" (with Bryan and Eric Church), which spent a week at the summit in February.
Dating to his first leader in 2006, Aldean's No. 1 count is outpaced only by four artists: Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney (13 each), Carrie Underwood (12) and Shelton (11). Aldean was previously tied with Zac Brown Band (nine apiece) during that span.
Aldean also appears on Country Airplay as a featured act on Colt Ford's "Drivin' Around Song," which debuts at No. 60.
'STEP' UP: Laura Bell Bundy returns to Country Airplay for the first time in almost three years, as "Two Step" snares the Hot Shot Debut at No. 59. Bundy previously charted with "Giddy On Up," which peaked at No. 31 in May 2010. She followed with a No. 48 peak for "Drop on By" four months later. Those songs appeared on "Achin' and Shakin,'" Bundy's debut album, which posted a No. 5 debut and peak on Top Country Albums in May 2010.
LISTENIN' TO OLD ALABAMA: Three weeks after the tribute set "Alabama & Friends" bowed at No. 2 on Top Country Albums, a second ode to the iconic band bows, as "High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama" starts at No. 39.
Whereas "Alabama & Friends" sports a lineup of high-profile country acts, including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith, the independently-released "Cotton" features notable acts from the more niched Americana/bluegrass fields, including the Blind Boys of Alabama, Old Crow Medicine Show and Todd Snider.
The new release is named after Alabama's 1989 hit "High Cotton," one of the band's 33 Hot Country Songs No. 1s, the most among groups in the chart's history.
Additional reporting by Gary Trust