Gilbert reigns with 'Bottoms Up,' while Urban links his 31st consecutive top 10. Plus, Dave Grohl's gone country
Brantley Gilbert visits the Billboard Country Airplay chart summit for a third time, and makes his fastest flight to the top, as "Bottoms Up" steps 2-1 in its 19th chart week. He'd most recently topped the chart with "You Don't Know Her Like I Do," which reigned in its 32nd week (July 21, 2012). He first led with "Country Must Be Country Wide," which crowned the Dec. 3, 2011 chart in its 33rd frame.
Gilbert's new No. 1 has been commercially vigorous since its release last December, selling 982,000 downloads through the Nielsen SoundScan tracking week ending April 20. It has spent six cumulative weeks atop Billboard's Country Digital Songs tally, scoring its biggest weekly sum with 67,000 downloads on the March 22 chart. It has already spent two weeks atop the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs survey (March 15, 22) and nine weeks at No. 1 on Country Streaming Songs.
"Bottoms Up" previews Gilbert's third album, "Just as I Am," due May 19.
TOP 10 AGAIN: Keith Urban pads his lead as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 singles on Country Airplay (counting only promoted, non-seasonal titles), as "Cop Car" speeds 11-10 to become his 31st title to reach the chart's upper region, with each achieved consecutively since "Your Everything" became his first top 10 on the Aug. 12, 2000 chart. Urban's 31 top 10s include 16 No. 1s, a feat most recently achieved with "We Were Us" (with Miranda Lambert) in December.
With 18, Carrie Underwood boasts the second-longest active top 10 streak (2006-13), followed by 14 apiece for Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.
Urban's newly-minted top 10 is the third single from his album "Fuse." Lead track "Little Bit of Everything" topped Country Airplay for two weeks, ahead of "We Were Us."
FOO FOR THOUGHT: Further down Country Airplay, Zac Brown Band nabs Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 53 with "All Alright," the lead radio single from "The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1," a four-song EP which debuted at No. 5 on Top Country Albums in December. The four tracks were produced by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, and "Alright" was co-written by Eric Church.
Zac Brown Band had last charted with "Sweet Annie," which became the band's 10th No. 1 (Feb. 1).