Tim McGraw notches his 48th top 10 on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as “One of Those Nights” lifts 12-9. McGraw first reached the bracket the week of March 26, 1994, with “Indian Outlaw.” Since that frame, he boasts the most top 10s among all artists, with his latest hit padding his lead by two over runner-up George Strait.
Here’s a look at the acts with the most Country Airplay top 10s dating to McGraw’s first frame in the region almost 18 years ago:
48, Tim McGraw
46, George Strait
44, Kenny Chesney
39, Toby Keith
38, Alan Jackson
32, Brooks & Dunn
29, Brad Paisley
28, Rascal Flatts
28, Keith Urban
22, Reba McEntire
“Nights” ushers in McGraw’s first album on the Big Machine label (whose roster includes Taylor Swift), “Two Lanes of Freedom,” due Feb. 5. Click here for Billboard’s just-published cover story on the format superstar.
‘SURE’ FIRE: Blake Shelton soars from No. 45 to No. 6 in his second week on Billboard’s sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Country Songs chart with “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” fueled heavily by a No. 1 bow on Country Digital Songs, where it starts with 98,000 first-week downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Shelton scores his first leader on Country Digital Songs since “God Gave Me You” in 2011.
“Sure” marks Shelton’s 16th Country Songs top 10, 12 of which have reached No. 1.
TOP 10 ‘ZONE’: Another format veteran pads his Country Songs top 10 total, as Brad Paisley’s “Southern Comfort Zone” jumps 14-10. On Country Airplay, it lifts 8-5 (29 million, up 6%). The track is the singer’s 29th Country Songs top 10 and first since “Remind Me,” with Carrie Underwood, led the Sept. 10, 2011, chart (becoming his 18th No. 1).
“Zone” could start a new top 10 streak on Country Songs for Paisley, who peaked at No. 15 with his last entry, “Camouflage,” in December 2011. Before then, Paisley had reached the top tier with 27 consecutive radio-promoted singles (excluding holiday fare), from 2000’s two-week No. 1 “We Danced” through “Remind.”
TRAIN ROLLING: Train’s “Bruises” bows at No. 50 on Country Songs. The cut, featuring Ashley Monroe, is the band’s second chart entry; thanks to a dabbling of support from adventurous country programmers, the group’s No. 3-peaking Billboard Hot 100 pop hit “Hey, Soul Sister” reached No. 52 on Country Songs in 2010.
TAYLOR TIMES TWO: Taylor Swift vaults onto Country Songs with “The Moment I Knew” at No. 16. The song starts at No. 2 on Country Digital Songs (79,000) after being released digitally in the iTunes Store and on the U.S. Target-exclusive physical edition of parent album “Red.” It was previously available only on the set’s Canadian version.
Fellow “Red” cut “All Too Well,” meanwhile, enters Country Airplay at No. 58. “Red” leads Billboard’s SoundScan-powered Country Albums chart for a 12th week, its entire chart life. The set registers 49,000 in sales, pushing its to-date total to 3.2 million copies sold.
TV TUNES: The highest debut on Country Albums shows at No. 49, where “Justified: Music From the Original Television Series” (Madison Gate) arrives with 1,000 units. The FX series starring Timothy Olyphant began its fourth season last week.