Atop Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart (dated Sept. 10), Florida Georgia Line‘s “H.O.L.Y” reigns for a 17th week. Meanwhile, the duo’s “God, Your Mama, And Me” enters at No. 30, fueled by its No. 5 start on Country Digital Songs (25,000 first-week downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music).
Aiding the latter song’s appeal? It features the Backstreet Boys, marking the first appearance on a Billboard country chart for the famed boy band. (Of course, BSB was formed in Orlando, just south of the … Florida/Georgia line.)
Backstreet Boys have now gone where fellow late ’90s/2000s hit-making boy band *NSYNC also did: the act was featured on Alabama‘s No. 3-peaking Hot Country Songs hit “God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You” in 1999; the single (‘N Sync’s lone Hot Country Songs entry) was a remake of Justin Timberlake‘s former group’s No. 8 Hot 100 pop hit earlier that year.
Late last year, Timberlake, who was born and raised in Memphis and has welcomed Garth Brooks on stage to duet with him in concert, further crossed over to country, performing with Chris Stapleton at the 49th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards (Nov. 4). Half their medley (along with Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey”) was Timberlake’s “Drink You Away,” which subsequently dented Country Airplay with a No. 60 peak in February.
The FGL/BSB collab, as well as “H.O.L.Y.,” is from the former’s Big Machine Label Group release Dig Your Roots, released last Friday (Aug. 26) and is heading toward a No. 1 debut on the Sept. 17 Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts.
SWINDELL’S SIXTH: Also on Hot Country Songs, Cole Swindell‘s “Middle of a “Memory” (Warner Bros. /Warner Music Nashville) becomes his sixth Hot Country Songs top 10, jumping 15-9 following the Aug. 22 premiere of its official video. It also bounds 15-9 on Country Digital Songs (20,000, up 82 percent) and 14-9 on Country Streaming Songs (2.2 million U.S. streams, up 16 percent).