Eric Church earns his seventh No. 1 on the new Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 13), as "Record Year" rises 3-1, increasing 7 percent, to 46.1 million audience impressions in the week ending July 31, according to Nielsen Music. The track also climbs 5-2 (up 6 percent) on Hot Country Songs.
"Record Year"is the second single from Church's fifth studio album, Mr. Misunderstood, following the title track, which peaked at No. 15 on both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay.
Written by Church and Jeff Hyde, "Record Year"is about dealing with a breakup and heartbreak by listening to classic vinyl albums. In doing so, Church delivers shout-outs to acts ranging from James Brown to Hank Williams Sr. to New Grass Revival. "As a fan of vinyl and being that we released this album on vinyl before any other avenue, it's very appropriate that the first No. 1 off of Mr. Misunderstood is 'Record Year,'"Church tells Billboard. "I'm very proud and grateful.”
His next single, "Kill a Word,"will arrive at country radio on Aug. 15.
LUCKY NO. 13: On Hot Country Songs (which includes airplay, sales and streaming data), Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y" leads for its 13th week, despite a 9 percent decline in total chart points. It also tops Country Digital Songs (53,000 downloads, down 13 percent), as well as Country Streaming Songs (6.6 million U.S. streams, down 4 percent). FGL now moves into eighth place on the list for most weeks at No. 1. "H.O.L.Y."is tied with Little Big Town's "Girl Crush"and Ray Price's "City Lights,"both of which also led for 13 weeks.
BENTLEY'S 'GIRLS' IS A (TOP) 10: "Different for Girls" by Dierks Bentley, featuring Elle King, enters the Hot Country Songs' top 10, ascending 11-8 (up 10 percent in points). The rise is aided by its performance on Country Streaming Songs, where it jumps 12-7. Following the release of the song's official video on July 21, "Girls"increases 16 percent to 2.6 million U.S. streams. On Country Airplay it holds 13-13, gaining 17 percent to 23.6 million in audience.
"Different for Girls"marks Bentley's 20th Hot Country Songs top 10, following the No. 1 "Somewhere on a Beach,"which topped the chart dated April 30, 2016.
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