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Lee Brice’s ‘Rumor’ Tops the Country Airplay Chart, Willie Nelson Takes a New ‘Ride’

Lee Brice tops Billboard's Country Airplay chart for the first time in nearly five years, as "Rumor" rises 2-1, becoming his fifth leader.

Lee Brice tops Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart for the first time in nearly five years, as “Rumor” rises 2-1, becoming his fifth leader.  

The song rules the July 6-dated chart with a 10% increase to 39.3 million audience impressions in the week ending June 30, according to Nielsen Music.   

“I’ve had such amazing fan support around ‘Rumor,'” Brice says. “Watching it hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart is unreal. I’m truly grateful, especially for the incredible fans who have supported it by tuning in, downloading, streaming and coming to see our shows. And, have you seen the video? That’s one of my favorite things about this song — it stars my gorgeous wife Sara.”  

On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, “Rumor” steps 3-2 for a new peak, with 12 million U.S. streams and 9,000 downloads sold in the week ending June 27.

“Rumor,” which Brice wrote with Ashley Gorley and Kyle Jacobs, is the sophomore single from his self-titled fourth LP, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 on Top Country Albums in November 2017 and has earned 288,000 equivalent album units since its release. Lead single “Boy” peaked at Nos. 14 and 16 on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, respectively.


Brice completes his longest trip to the top of Country Airplay: 43 weeks. His previous No. 1, “I Don’t Dance,” scaled the summit in its 27th frame in August 2014. His first leader, “A Woman Like You,” also took 27 weeks to reach the pinnacle in April 2012, becoming his first of three consecutive No. 1 entries; “Hard to Love” ascended to the apex in its 25th frame and led for two weeks in November 2012, marking his only multi-week leader to date; and, “I Drive Your Truck” pulled into the top spot in its 19th week in April 2013, concluding his quickest coronation.

Brice, 40, originally from Sumter, S.C., made his Country Airplay debut in 2007 with the No. 29-peaking “She Ain’t Right.”

Additionally, “Rumor” is Curb Records’ first Country Airplay No. 1 since Dylan Scott landed his first leader with “My Girl” in July 2017, marking the label’s first chart-topper since Brice’s “Dance” in 2014.

WILLIE’S “BACK” Country music icon Willie Nelson, who turned 86 years young on April 29, arrives at No. 2 on Top Country Albums with Ride Me Back Home, which starts with 19,000 units.

Nelson notches his record-extending 52nd Top Country Albums top 10, padding his lead over Dolly Parton, in second place with 44. Loretta Lynn and George Strait follow with 41 each.

Nelson’s new 11-song set was produced by his long-time collaborator Buddy Cannon.

NEW TOP 10s Dan + Shay score their sixth Country Airplay top 10, as “All to Myself”  rises 12-8 (24.4 million impressions, up 13%).

Plus, Justin Moore banks his 10th Country Airplay top 10, as “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” ascends 13-10 (22.7 million, up 16%).


BROWN IS UP Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up” bumps to a new high on Hot Country Songs (7-4), as his breakout single becomes his first No. 1 on two charts: Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales. It pushes 2-1 on the former (18 million streams, up 32%) and 3-1 on the latter (24,000 sold, up 44%).

The track, whose profile has been boosted by a viral dance challenge on TikTok and YouTube, with Brown himself having posted a tutorial on May 15, is also New & Active below Country Airplay (697,000 impressions, up 1,721%).