Luke Bryan, Randy Houser Crack Hot Country Songs Top 10


Luke Bryan

The singers score their 15th and fourth top 10s, respectively. Plus, moves for Dan + Shay, Brantley Gilbert, Jo Dee Messina and more

Luke Bryan and Randy Houser freshen up the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as Bryan's "Play It Again" flies 18-9 and Houser's "Goodnight Kiss" hops 12-10.

Bryan's track becomes his 15th top 10 on the sales/streaming/airplay hybrid chart, earning the Digital Gainer nod with 48,000 downloads sold (up 52%), in the Nielsen SoundScan tracking week ending  on March 23. On Country Digital Songs, it sets a new peak, rising 6-3. "Play" adds Airplay Gainer applause, soaring 28-18 with 16 million audience impressions (up 82%) on the Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay tally.

Houser's "Kiss" is driven most heavily by its 4-3 push on Country Airplay (40 million, up 8%). The cut is his fourth Hot Country Songs top 10, following "Boots On" (No. 2, 2009) and last year's "How Country Feels" (No. 6) and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" (No. 3).

Meanwhile, Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll," featuring Bryan, leads Hot Country Songs for a second week.

STEADY STREAM: Dan + Shay earn the Hot Shot Debut, at No. 38, on Hot Country Songs following the digital release of "Show You Off," the third preview track from the duo's debut album "Where It All Began," due April 1. The track enters Country Digital Songs at No. 30 with 13,000 downloads sold. Up 15-12, the pair's lead single "19 You + Me" reaches a new peak on Hot Country Songs. Concurrently, "What You Do to Me," the second digital release from the set, logs a third week on Hot Country Songs, bulleting for a second week at No. 49 after it debuted at No. 39.

Streaming numbers for the album's songs should sport a nice bump on next week's charts (dated April 12), fueled by a week-long preview of the entire album on Spotify, which began on Tuesday (March 25).

Dierks Bentley Parks Atop Country Airplay

ERIC, ACMs: Eric Church's "The Outsiders" crowns Top Country Albums for a third cumulative week (18,000).

New to the top 10, at No. 5, is the Walmart exclusive "The Official 2014 ACM Awards ZinePak," a two-disc compilation featuring nominees from the annual Academy of Country Music Awards, slated for April 6 on CBS. The package bows with 13,000 sold.

STILL ON THE WAY 'UP': After leading Hot Country Songs for two weeks, Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up" holds for a second week at No. 2 but continues to make gains.

The song logs a sixth straight week atop Country Streaming Songs, earning Streaming Gainer honors on Hot Country Songs (1.5 million U.S. streams, up 9%, according to BDS). It ranks at No. 2 on Country Digital Songs (63,000, up 1%) and blasts 15-8 as the Greatest Gainer on Country Airplay (30 million, up 31%), where it's his fourth top 10.

HI, HI: Jo Dee Messina achieves her highest rank on Top Country Albums in nearly nine years, as "Me" bows at No. 19 with 3,000 sold. She hadn't ranked as high since "Delicious Surprise" bowed at No. 1, kicking off a 40-week chart run, in May 2005. Her history on the chart includes three No. 1 albums.

On Hot Country Songs, Messina banked 12 top 10s, including six No. 1s, in 1996-2005. She first reigned with "Bye Bye" in 1998 and notched her most recent topper with 2005's feisty "My Give a Damn's Busted."


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