Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Glen Campbell makes his first appearance on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart in 21 years, as “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” debuts at No. 50. As Campbell enters the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the track is his final recording.
Campbell tallies his first chart entry since “Somebody Like That,” which peaked at No. 66 in 1993. He last charted higher with 1991’s No. 27-peaking “Unconditional Love.”
“Miss” is from a soundtrack EP accompanying the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, which includes the Band Perry’s cover of Campbell’s 1967 hit “Gentle on My Mind” (No. 47 on this week’s Country Airplay). “Miss” starts with 81 percent of its Hot Country Songs points from streaming, all from 498,000 Vevo on YouTube clicks for its moving clip promoting the doc.
ALL ABOUT ALDEAN: Jason Aldean scores his third No. 1 bow and fourth overall leader on Top Country Albums, and his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as Old Boots, New Dirt arrives with 278,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Among all genres, Aldean’s set debuts with the third-largest sales week of 2014, outpaced only by the arrivals of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories (383,000) and Eric Church’s The Outsiders (288,000). Boots also opens with the largest sales week of 2014 for an independently-distributed album; it’s distributed by RED Distribution, Sony Music’s independent distribution shop.
The bow also spurs Aldean’s coronation on the Billboard Artist 100 chart.
Boots lead single “Burnin’ It Down” crowns Hot Country Songs for a 12th straight frame and posts Streaming Gainer honors. It tops Country Streaming Songs for a 10th week with 2.7 million U.S. streams (up 7 percent), according to Nielsen BDS, with 42 percent of those plays from Spotify. According to Spotify, Aldean’s album drew the biggest first-week action (3 million) on the service in the U.S. for a country album.
STILL CRUISIN’: With the duo’s second full-length, Anything Goes, poised to debut atop next week’s Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts (dated Nov. 1), Florida Georgia Line nets a career-high debut on Hot Country Songs and logs its third No. 1 bow on Country Digital Songs. The duo (Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard) snares the Hot Shot Debut at No. 10 on Hot Country Songs with “Sippin’ on Fire,” besting the pair’s previous top bow: No. 15 with “Bumpin’ the Night” (also from the new album) last week. “Fire” starts atop Country Digital Songs with 79,000 sold.
As previously reported, Florida Georgia Line claims its fifth No. 1 on Country Airplay, where “Dirt” steps 2-1.
DAY DRINKING: Frankie Ballard celebrates his second top 10 on Country Airplay as “Sunshine & Whiskey” rises 11-10 in its 28th chart week. That’s one week quicker than the stretch he needed to achieve his first top 10 with previous single “Helluva Life” in February. “Life” went on to become Ballard’s first Country Airplay No. 1.