Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years
The icon vaults 50-21 with "I'm Not Gonna Miss You." Plus, Jason Aldean logs the longest reign by a solo male in 51 years and Florida Georgia Line storms Top Country Albums at No. 1.
With the touching documentary Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me opening in select markets today (Oct. 24), Glenn Campbell‘s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” flies 50-21 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. The film covers 151 Campbell concerts beginning in 2011 as he began his battle against Alzheimer’s disease.
The ballad adds top Streaming Gainer honors with 1.9 million U.S. streams (up 287 percent), according to Nielsen BDS. It enters Country Streaming Songs at No. 2, with almost all streams from Vevo on YouTube clicks for its official video. Eighty-five percent of the track’s Hot Country Songs points are from streaming.
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With the jump, Campbell climbs to his highest rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 years. He’d last charted higher with “She’s Gone, Gone, Gone,” which reached No. 6 in late 1989. The song became the most recent of Campbell’s 27 career top 10s, five of which hit No. 1. On the Billboard Hot 100, “Miss” debuts at No. 90, marking Campbell’s first entry since 1981.
The Country Music Hall of Famer, 78, entered a long-term care facility earlier this year. In the new song, he evokes a bit of gallows humor over how, per Alzheimer’s disease’s trademark physical (and heartbreaking) trait, he ultimately won’t remember those he loves. “All the hurt and all the pain / One thing selfishly remains: I’m not gonna miss you.”
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LUCKY 13: Jason Aldean‘s “Burnin’ It Down” logs a 13th week atop the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart. That’s the most weeks at the summit for a song by a solo male in 51 years: Buck Owens‘ “Love’s Gonna Live Here” began a 16-week command on Oct. 19, 1963. “Burnin’ ” bests the 12-week command of Luke Bryan‘s “That’s My Kind of Night” last year.
Florida Georgia Line set the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs by any act: 24 in 2012-13 with “Cruise.” Speaking of the duo …
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‘ANYTHING GOES’ TO No. 1: Florida Georgia Line scores its second No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, and first on the Billboard 200, and its biggest weekly sales sum, as Anything Goes debuts with 197,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The start also helps the duo dart 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100.
The pair logged its previous best sales week when its first full-length, Here’s to the Good Times, sold 69,000 (Dec. 14, 2013); it’s the Greatest Gainer at No. 10 (up 18 percent) in its 98th week on Top Country Albums and has sold 2.1 million copies to date.
The new album marks the third consecutive country set to top the Billboard 200, following one-week rules by Blake Shelton‘s Bringing Back the Sunshine and Jason Aldean‘s Old Boots, New Dirt. It’s the first time that the chart’s top slot has gone back-to-back-to-back to three straight country acts since Oct. 9-23, 2010, when Zac Brown Band‘s You Get What You Give, Kenny Chesney‘s Hemingway’s Whiskey and Toby Keith‘s Bullets in the Gun led successively. Last week’s No. 1, Aldean’s Boots, steps down to No. 2 with 91,000 (down 67 percent).
LONE STAR STATE OF MIND: Texas Red Dirt circuit veteran Aaron Watson makes his first appearance on Hot Country Songs with “That Look,” which debuts at No. 41. The cut, which enters Country Digital Songs at No. 10 with 19,000 sold, previews his as-yet-untitled and unscheduled 12th studio album.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield and Gary Trust.