The singers translate Grammy Awards exposure into sizable chart gains. Plus, moves for Eric Church, Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan
The first complete airplay/streaming/sales tracking week following the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards yields noteworthy results for Kacey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes. Musgraves' "Same Trailer Different Park" leaps 5-1 on Top Country Albums (27,000 sold, up 177%, according to Nielsen SoundScan), while Hayes' new track "Invisible" surges 7-1 on Country Digital Songs (92,000, up 164%).
Musgraves' set, which debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums last April, took the Grammy Award for best country album, while its lead single "Merry Go 'Round" (which peaked at No. 14 on Hot Country Songs a year ago) earned the best country song nod. With Digital Gainer honors on Hot Country Songs, Hayes' "Invisible" surges 23-4, marking his best rank on the list since "I Want Crazy" peaked at No. 2 last summer.
Concurrently, Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow," which she performed on CBS' Grammy telecast, becomes her first top 10 on Hot Country Songs (26-10), adding Streaming Gainer stripes (961,000 U.S. streams, up 229%, according to Nielsen BDS). "Arrow" shoots 10-2 on Country Digital Songs, earning Musgraves her best rank on the survey (56,000, up 98%).
CHURCH SINGING: Eric Church registers his highest unaccompanied debut on Hot Country Songs, where "A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young" begins at No. 24. He posted his previous best start on his own four weeks ago, when "Give Me Back My Hometown" opened at No. 39 (Jan. 18). He scored his highest entrance in a featured role (with Luke Bryan) on Jason Aldean's "The Only Way I Know," which launched at No. 28 in November 2012 (and rose to No. 5).
Church's new album "The Outsiders" arrives Feb. 11 and includes "Hometown" and "Young." The title track peaked at No. 6 on Hot Country Songs in November, while "Hometown" reached No. 7 two weeks ago.
'LOOKIN' ' GOOD: Tim McGraw nabs his fourth-highest debut on Hot Country Songs with "Lookin' For That Girl," which arrives at No. 26. He posted his best unaccompanied start when "Truck Yeah" arrived at No. 22 in July 2012. He's opened higher twice with collaborative songs: "Feel Like a Rock Star" (with Kenny Chesney) and "Highway Don't Care" (with Taylor Swift) both bowed at No. 13 in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
McGraw's new track starts at No. 10 on Country Digital Songs (31,000). It previews his next studio album, for which no title or release date has yet been announced.
FOUR-WEEK MINIMUM: As Luke Bryan celebrates his eighth leader on the BDS-dueled Country Airplay tally with "Drink a Beer," the ballad logs a fourth straight week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs. He also appears on the latter list in a supporting role at No. 31 on Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll."
'SEE YOU' AGAIN: Scotty McCreery's "See You Tonight" re-enters Hot Country Songs at a new peak of No. 14 due to renewed momentum following its removal (under the chart's recurrent rules) four weeks ago. The song from the 2011 "American Idol" champ previously spent 32 weeks on the chart, originally peaking at No. 18 the week of Jan. 11.
SQUARE DANCING: The Country Airplay top 10 is freshened by three titles, led by Thompson Square's 12-8 leap with "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About," the husband-and-wife duo's fourth top 10. The pair had last graced the upper tier with "If I Didn't Have You," which spent a week atop the chart last spring.
Blake Shelton enters the top 10 with "Doin' What She Likes." His 19th career top 10 improves 14-9 in its seventh week.
Frankie Ballard, meanwhile, achieves his first Country Airplay top 10 in three tries with "Helluva Life," which sprints 13-10. Ballard's first single, "Tell Me You Get Lonely," peaked at No. 33 in January 2011. He followed six months later with a No. 27 peak for "A Buncha Girls." Ballard's first two singles were included on a self-titled EP released in June 2011. He releases his first full-length album, "Sunshine & Whiskey," Feb. 11; it also contains "Lonely" and "Life."