Released simultaneously on Oct. 22 to radio and digital retailers, Eric Church's "The Outsiders" rockets 50-6 on Hot Country Songs and blows in at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs (81,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
Following an early bow on Hot Country Songs last week with audience impressions from one day of airplay (due mostly to coordinated hourly play Oct. 22 on Clear Channel-owned stations), "Outsiders" takes the biggest leap into the top 10 by any song since the chart's ranking methodology changed from core country radio audience to a sales/airplay/streaming hybrid in October 2012. The 44-spot lift surpasses the 45-6 jump of Blake Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did" in January.
Since Hot Country Songs adopted Nielsen data in 1990, seven of the top 10 jumps into the top 10 (excluding debuts) have occurred since last year's methodology revision. The other three are by Garth Brooks, led by a 38-10 vault for eventual No. 1 "She's Every Woman" in 1995.
On Country Digital Songs, Church's song is the fourth title to debut at the top this year. Shelton's "Cool" started at No. 1 with 98,000 (Jan. 26), followed by Tim McGraw's "Highway Don't Care" (with Taylor Swift) (86,000, Feb. 23) and Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" (164,000, Aug. 31). The lattermost song had spent its first 10 weeks on the tally at No. 1 until this week. It tops Hot Country Songs for an 11th week.
"Outsiders" introduces Church's upcoming fourth full-length studio album. No release date or title has yet been announced.
'75' = 10: Joe Nichols claims his first Hot Country Songs top 10 in three years, as "Sunny and 75" steps 11-10. It's his first track to reach the upper tier since "Gimme That Girl" led for two weeks in May 2010.
"Sunny" is Nichols' ninth top 10 dating to his 2002 arrival with the No. 3-peaking "The Impossible." His current hit is also the first top 10 for the Red Bow imprint, which launched a year ago as a joint venture between the Broken Bow Music Group and Sony's RED Distribution company.
RHETT REIGN: Thomas Rhett becomes the first solo male in seven years to rule for at least three weeks in a first trip to the Country Airplay summit, as "It Goes Like This" holds for a third straight week at No. 1. The last male first-timer to post such a streak was Rodney Atkins, who logged four weeks atop the Nielsen BDS-based chart with "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" in 2006.
The last time any artist led with a rookie No. 1 for at least three weeks was in December, when Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" reigned for three. Among first chart-toppers by women, the last to lead for at least three weeks? Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me," which dominated for four frames in 2010.
'CAROLINA' IN THEIR MINDS: Parmalee completes the longest top 10 climb by a duo or group since the Country Airplay chart launched nearly 24 years ago, as its second single and first top 10, "Carolina," hops 12-10 in its 38th week. Previously, the longest top 10 ascent among duos or groups was 35 weeks, achieved last year by two acts: Montgomery Gentry's "Where I Come From" and Gloriana's "(Kissed You) Good Night."
Among all acts, Parmalee's deliberate pace to the top 10 places "Carolina" in a three-way tie with David Nail's "Red Light" (2009) and Brett Eldredge's "Don't Ya" (this July) for the ninth-longest trip to the bracket. Lee Brice's "Love Like Crazy," also his first top 10, reached the upper tier in its 46th week (July 17, 2010).
Parmalee's debut single "Musta Had a Good Time" peaked at No. 38 on Country Airplay a year ago.