Former 'American Idol' champ McCreery earns a chart achievement not managed since 1993, while Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a 10th week
Scotty McCreery becomes the second solo male to debut at No. 1 with his first two non-seasonal sets of original material in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "See You Tonight" arrives at the top with 52,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His rookie album "Clear as Day" opened at No. 1 two years ago.
(McCreery has also appeared on the ranking four other times, with a pair of "American Idol" albums after he won the series' 2011 season: the seasonal "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" and a bundled edition of that holiday album along with "Clear as Day.")
The last male to accomplish the feat was Billy Ray Cyrus, who debuted at No. 1 with his sophomore album "It Won't Be the Last" on the July 10, 1993, chart, following the No. 1 run of his 7.5 million-seller "Some Gave All" a year earlier.
"See You Tonight," McCreery's title-cut lead single from his new set, grabs Digital Gainer honors on Hot Country Songs (19,000 downloads sold, up 94%) and jumps 36-32 on the list, its best rank since it debuted at No. 28 on the April 27 chart. The track also reaches a new peak of No. 30 on the Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay scorecard.
LONG 'NIGHT': With a 10th straight week atop Hot Country Songs, Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" is the longest-running No. 1 by a solo male artist in 50 years.
The song's reign is the longest since Buck Owens spent 16 weeks at the summit with "Love's Gonna Live Here" in 1963-64.
With 64,000 sold during the tracking week, Bryan's single also logs a 10th consecutive week atop Country Digital Songs. It reaches a new peak on Country Airplay, pushing 3-2.
THE PUBLIC HAS SPOKEN: Singer/songwriter, and former contestant on CBS' "Survivor," Chase Rice bows at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with "Ready Set Roll," a six-song EP which starts with 17,000.
The title track, meanwhile, ranks at No. 34 in its second week on Hot Country Songs and No. 13 on Country Digital Songs (23,000).
Rice is additionally a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," which spent an unprecedented 24 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs. It ranks at No. 7 in its 65th chart week.
HIGH TIMES: Although it has yet to bow on the Country Airplay chart, Ashley Monroe's "Weed Instead of Roses" snares the Streaming Gainer nod (637,000 U.S. streams, up 21%, according to BDS) and a new peak at No. 42 in its third week on Hot Country Songs.
The track flies 13-6 on Country Streaming Songs, where it's the Pistol Annies member's first solo title.
HOT 'SUNNY' FORECAST: Joe Nichols scores his first top 10 in more than three years, and his ninth overall, on Country Airplay, as "Sunny and 75" rises 12-10. He'd most recently reached the upper tier with "Gimme That Girl," which spent two weeks at No. 1 in May 2010. Nichols' Country Airplay chart history includes two other leaders: "Brokenheartsville" (2003) and "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" (2005).
"Sunny" is the lead single from "Crickets," Nichols' eighth studio album, and marks the first Country Airplay top 10 for the Red Bow imprint, which launched a year ago.
'GOES' STAYS: Thomas Rhett logs a second week atop Country Airplay with his first No. 1, "It Goes Like This." With the continued reign, he becomes the second first-time leader this year to reign for more than one week with a first No. 1. Brett Eldredge led for two weeks with his first topper "Don't Ya" in August. (Both acts had previously charted two entries apiece.)
The other act to hit the summit for the first time this year, Randy Houser, spent a single week on top with "How Country Feels" in February. He did, however, follow with the two-week No. 1 "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" in August.