REDNECK GAMES: The Top Country Albums tally is topped for a second straight week -- and fourth cumulative -- by Brantley Gilbert's Just as I Am, which adds 19,000 copies (up 26 percent) for total sales of 500,000 according to Nielsen Soundscan. The album was released May 19 and is the ninth overall album to move a half-million this year. (A third of them are by country acts. Gilbert joins Eric Church’s The Outsiders and Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party in the half-million club.)
Gilbert’s current single "Small Town Throwdown," featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, bullets at No. 21 in its 13th week on the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs survey. The album and single are likely to post notable gains on next week’s charts (dated August 23) following the continued exposure from the August 1 "Throwdown" video premiere, as well as a performance featuring all three artists on ABC’s primetime special CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, which aired August 5.
Rhett, meanwhile, posts the Hot Shot Debut on Country Airplay at No. 51 with "Makes Me Wanna," which bows with 1 million audience impressions (week ending Aug. 3) from play on 47 of the 145 stations monitored for the chart. He’s entered higher three times as a soloist—"It Goes Like This" debuted at No. 43 (March 11, 2013), while "Beer With Jesus" arrived at No. 49 (Sept. 8, 2012).
DIRT AND ROCKS: Country Streaming Songs is dominated for a third non-consecutive week (second straight) by Florida Georgia Line’s "Dirt," which draws 2.1 million total U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 3, up one percent, according to BDS. The track bullets at No. 2 on Hot Country Songs following a two-week stand atop the charts dated July 26 and August 2. Concurrently, the duo’s contribution to Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, "If I Die Tomorrow," bows with Hot Shot Debut stripes at No. 33 on Hot Country Songs as it shifts 19,000 downloads. It’s one of two tracks from the album, due August 19, on Hot Country Songs, along with "Home Sweet Home" by Justin Moore featuring the Crue’s Vince Neil (39-34).
GIRL UP: Billy Currington logs his second consecutive No. 1—and eighth overall—on the Country Airplay chart as "We Are Tonight" steps 2-1 in its 37th chart week. Prior single "Hey Girl" topped the chart dated Oct. 19, 2013. Currington’s back-to-back leaders are his first to consecutively top the list since he rolled four straight starting with "People Are Crazy" in August 2009. That was followed by "That’s How Country Boys Roll," (March 2010), "Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer" (September 2010) and "Let Me Down Easy" (April 2011). He achieved his first No. 1 with "Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right," which spent two weeks at No. 1 starting on the Dec. 31, 2005 chart. Currington’s new song is also his slowest climb to No. 1, surpassing "Good Directions," which needed 32 weeks to peak. Conversely, the artist’s quickest No. 1 ascent was "Beer," which needed 16 weeks.
RED, WHITE & LONELY: Newcomer Cole Swindell lands his second Country Airplay top 10 with "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," which steps 11-10 in its 22nd chart week (28.5 million audience impressions, up 3.1 million, according to BDS). The Georgia-born singer first cracked the upper tier with "Chillin’ It," which peaked at No. 2 on the March 8 list.
TOP HAT: Jason Aldean’s "Burnin’ It Down" logs a second week atop Hot Country Songs and on Country Digital Songs (115,000 downloads sold, down 38 percent according to SoundScan). It flies 13-3 on Country Streaming Songs (1.9 million total U.S. streams, up 92 percent). Aldean’s track bullets at No. 19 in its second week on Country Airplay (19 million impressions during the BDS tracking week).