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Florida Georgia Line Approaches Record Atop Hot Country Songs

Florida Georgia Line leads Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for a 20th week with "Cruise," moving to within a week of tying the record for the most time spent at No. 1 dating to the list's 1944…

Florida Georgia Line leads Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for a 20th week with “Cruise,” moving to within a week of tying the record for the most time spent at No. 1 dating to the list’s 1944 inception. The duo also adds a second title to the Hot Country Songs top 10 as current country radio single “Round Here” advances 13-8.

Since the Hot Country Songs chart’s methodology converted from solely country airplay to an airplay/sales/streaming hybrid formula in October, FGL has now placed a pair of titles in the top 10 for 12 weeks, the highest sum for any act in that span. (“Get Your Shine On” previously shared top 10 time with “Cruise”). In contrast, Hunter Hayes has logged the second-most weeks with a simultaneous pair of top 10 titles (four) in that stretch, followed by Blake Shelton (three), Taylor Swift (two) and Carrie Underwood (one).

“Round” adds Streaming Gainer honors on Hot Country Songs with 669,000 total streams (up 17%), according to Nielsen BDS.

Twenty weeks at No. 1 for “Cruise” mark the most leading frames for a song since Ray Price stacked 20 with “Crazy Arms” in 1956.

On Country Digital Songs, “Cruise” dominates for a 21st week with 158,000 downloads sold (with its remix with Nelly accounting for a little more than half the sum). Nielsen SoundScan reports to-date sales of 5.1 million downloads for “Cruise,” making it the third-largest-selling country digital song. It’s outpaced only by Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (6.1 million) and Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” (5.6 million).

FGL’s “Here’s to the Good Times” crowns Top Country Albums for a third straight week and fourth overall, reigning with 33,000 sold during the SoundScan tracking week (up 5%). The album has spent 32 weeks on the chart, all inside the top 10 and all but two in the top five. It’s sold 855,000 copies.

‘AGAIN’ IN TOP 10: On the BDS-based Country Airplay tally, Carrie Underwood extends her streak of the most career-opening top 10s among women, as “See You Again” becomes her 18th song (counting only promoted, non-seasonal songs) to reach the upper tier (11-8). She scored her first top 10 with her introductory country radio single (and first of 13 No. 1s) “Jesus, Take the Wheel” in December 2005.

Among solo female acts, Underwood has three more front-end top 10s than second-place Taylor Swift (15), the latter of whom began her run with “Tim McGraw” a year after Underwood’s first top 10; Swift’s career-starting top 10 streak wrapped after “Ours” hit No. 1 last year.

Since Country Airplay launched in January 1990, Tracy Lawrence leads all artists with 19 career-opening top 10s (1991-97), followed by Brooks & Dunn with 17 (1991-96). Next up, and tied with Swift, is Doug Stone (15, 1990-95).

‘PARTY’ ON: Luke Bryan logs his longest-running No. 1 on Country Airplay with “Crash My Party,” which rules for a third straight week. His seventh overall leader surpasses three titles which each spent two weeks at the summit: “Rain Is a Good Thing” (2010); “Drunk on You” (2012); and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” (2012).

Bryan’s track is the third title to spend at least three weeks atop the chart so far this year. Zac Brown Band held for three weeks in January with “Goodbye in Her Eyes” and Tim McGraw’s “One of Those Nights” equaled the reign in March. No song has spent more than three weeks at No. 1 since Zac Brown Band’s “Keep Me in Mind” rolled four straight stanzas in December 2011/January 2012.

‘ROAD’ IS ALL THE RAGE: Easton Corbin claims his fourth Country Airplay top 10 in five tries with “All Over the Road,” which jumps 12-9. His prior top 10s: the career-opening No. 1s “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll with It” in 2010 and “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” which rose to No. 5 last October.

TRITT RETURNS: Travis Tritt ends a six-year absence from Top Country Albums, as “The Calm After…” starts with Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 31 (2,000 sold, according to SoundScan).

The new set is the Georgia native’s first to chart since “The Storm” peaked in its opening week at No. 3 in 2007. Beginning with his 1990 debut album “Country Club,” which peaked at No. 3 in a 159-week chart run, Tritt has tallied 10 top 10s. He climbed as high as No. 2 with his sophomore set “It’s All About to Change” in 1991.

Tritt has placed 46 titles on Hot Country Songs, including 20 top 10s, five of which reached No. 1. He last appeared in 2007 with the No. 27-peaking “You Never Take Me Dancing,” a track written by pop/rock singer/songwriter Richard Marx.