With a 12th week at No. 1, Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" breaks the record for the most chart-topping weeks for a title by a duo in the 69-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
"Cruise" also extends the list's longest reign by any act since Buck Owens ruled for 16 weeks with "Love's Gonna Live Here" in 1963-64.
Among duos, "Cruise" surpasses Carl Butler & Pearl's 11 weeks at No. 1 with "Don't Let Me Cross Over" in 1962-63. Here's a look at the songs by duos to total the most weeks at No. 1 since the earliest form of Hot Country Songs premiered in 1944:
12, "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line (2013)
11, "Don't Let Me Cross Over," Carl Butler & Pearl (1962)
8, "Wake Up Little Susie," the Everly Brothers (1957)
8, "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know," the Davis Sisters (1953)
7, "Bye Bye Love," the Everly Brothers (1957)
Owing heavily to a pop crossover remix featuring rapper Nelly, "Cruise" adds top Streaming Gainer (3 million streams, up 41%, according to Nielsen BDS) and Digital Gainer (189,000 downloads sold, up 25%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) honors on Hot Country Songs, as it reaches new peaks on the Pop Songs (15-12) and Adult Pop Songs (21-20) airplay rankings. The song's original album version spent three weeks at No. 1 on Country Airplay in December.
Since Hot Country Songs adopted an airplay/sales/streaming hybrid methodology last fall, "Cruise" claims the longest chart-topping run. Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" follows with a 10-week command from October to January.
On Country Digital Songs, "Cruise" leads for a 13th week (189,000, up 25%).
COUNTRY CROONIN': Performances on Fox's "American idol" and NBC's "The Voice" last week spur debuts on Hot Country Songs, led by "Idol" judge Keith Urban's "Little Bit of Everything," which grabs the Hot Shot Debut at No. 24. Runner-up Kree Harrison's "All Cried Out," meanwhile, opens at No. 34.
Concurrently, tracks by three "Voice" contestants bow: the Swon Brothers' "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" (No. 32), Danielle Bradbery's "Wasted" (No. 35) and Amber Carrington's "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" (No. 48).
COWBOY UP: George Strait widens his lead as the artist with the most No. 1s (25) on Top Country Albums, as "Love Is Everything" debuts with 125,000 sold. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are tied for the second-most No. 1s (15 apiece) since Top Country Albums launched in 1964.
"Give It All We Got Tonight," the lead single from Strait's new set, earns the Greatest Gainer nod (38 million audience impressions, up 22%) with a 6-2 leap on Country Airplay. On Hot Country Songs, Strait's 86th top 10 pushes 10-7.
'WHEEL'-HOUSE: Seven weeks after Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel" dominated Hot Country Songs, the sing-along anthem becomes his sixth leader, and his first in more than two years, on Country Airplay (2-1).