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Dustin Lynch Leads Country Airplay, Old Dominion Dominates Top Country Albums

Plus, Sam Hunt's "Road" leads to a 30th week atop Hot Country Songs & Kenny Chesney notches his 50th top 10 hit.

Dustin Lynch‘s “Small Town Boy” ascends 2-1 in its 26th week on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart (dated Sept. 16), hiking 7 percent to 45.6 million audience impressions in the week ending Sept. 3, according to Nielsen Music. On the Hot Country Songs chart, which blends streaming, airplay and sales data, it holds at its No. 2 peak.

“Boy,” written by Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Kyle Fishman, is Lynch’s fifth total and consecutive Country Airplay No. 1 (among six top 10s; his debut hit, “Cowboys and Angels,” reached No. 2 in 2012).


“There are moments that make you sit back and reflect on how far you’ve come; this is one of those moments,” Lynch tells Billboard. “From a small town of Tullahoma, Tennessee [Lynch’s hometown], to five No. 1s in a row at country radio … this song has never felt bigger and our crowds have never been better. The fans are the reason for my success, so thank you to every single person who turned this song on, turned it up and sang it at the top of their lungs at one of our shows.”

“Boy” is the second single from Lynch’s third studio full-length, Current Mood, due Friday (Sept. 8). It follows lead single “Seein’ Red,” which topped the Country Airplay chart dated Feb. 25. Lynch’s other Country Airplay leaders: “Mind Reader” (June 4, 2016); “Hell of a Night” (Sept. 19, 2015); and “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)” (for two weeks beginning Sept. 27, 2014).

‘HAPPY’ BEGINNING: Old Dominion notches its first No. 1 on Top Country Albums, as Happy Endings launches atop the survey with 41,000 equivalent album units, with 31,000 in traditional sales, in the week ending Aug. 31. On the multi-genre Billboard 200, Happy Endings starts at No. 7.

The set marks Old Dominion’s largest sales week. Its first full-length, Meat and Candy, bowed at No. 5 on the Top Country Albums chart dated Nov. 28, 2015, with 21,000 sold. The LP peaked at No. 3 (March 19, 2016), logging 95 chart weeks to date, ranking at No. 26 (4,000 units) on the Sept. 16 dated list.

The first single from Happy Endings, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” topped Country Airplay (Sept. 9); its dips to No. 2 on the current survey, although up 3 percent to 44.9 million. On Hot Country Songs, “Thing” rises to a new peak (5-4).


15 IN A 30, FOR 30: Atop Hot Country Songs, Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road” extends its record rule to 30 weeks. It also dominates Country Digital Song Sales for a record-extending 30th frame (26,000 downloads sold) and Country Streaming Songs for a 30th week (13.7 million U.S. streams).

UNFORG-RHETT-ABLE: Thomas Rhett scores his ninth Hot Country Songs top 10 as “Unforgettable” rises 12-10. The song, which he co-wrote and is from his album Life Changes, due Friday (Sept. 8), lifts 9-6 on Country Digital Song Sales, (13,000, up 2 percent); 8-7 on Country Streaming Songs (5.9 million, up 15 percent); and 15-13 on Country Airplay (20.3 million, up 17 percent).

CHESNEY’S 50th: Kenny Chesney collects his 50th Hot Country Songs top 10, as “All the Pretty Girls” sprints 13-10. It earns Most Increased Audience honors, jumping by 16 percent to 31.6 million impressions and pushing 9-5 on Country Airplay. It also leaps 21-14 on Country Digital Song Sales (7,000, up 8 percent).

MOORE, LANE ADD AIRPLAY TOP 10s: Kip Moore achieves his fourth Country Airplay top 10, as “More Girls Like You” ascends 11-9 (25.2 million, up 6 percent). Moore earns his first Country Airplay top 10 since 2013’s No. 2-peaking “Hey Pretty Girl.”

Meanwhile, Chris Lane banks his second Country Airplay top 10, as “For Her” jogs 12-10 (22.6 million, up 4 percent). His breakthrough hit “Fix” led the Aug. 20, 2016, list.