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Luke Bryan Doubles Up Atop Hot Country Songs, Top Country Albums

As previously reported, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with the third-largest sales week of the year: just less than 528,000 copies…

As previously reported, Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with the third-largest sales week of the year: just less than 528,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It’s Bryan’s second No. 1 on the big chart, following the compilation “Spring Break… Here to Party,” which bowed at No. 1 in March and spent its first two chart weeks atop the country scorecard. (This week, “Spring Break” flies 13-9 on the latter chart, marking its best rank since May; 9,000 sold, up 73%.) 

Bryan scored his first leader on Top Country Albums with “Tailgates & Tanlines,” which spent its first two chart weeks at No. 1 two summers ago, then returned for two frames in March/April. (It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.) The set ranks at No. 4 on the country chart with 15,000 sold (up 72%).

Click here for more details on Bryan’s big sales week. And, read on for Bryan’s double country chart domination, as he also takes over atop Hot Country Songs.

‘NIGHT’ MOVES, PT. 1: Bryan scores his fifth No. 1 and 12th top 10 on Hot Country Songs in one giant leap, as “That’s My Kind of Night” vaults 35-1 in its third chart week.

Luke Bryan Throws a Party

The Georgia native had most recently topped Hot Country Songs when “Drunk on You” led for two weeks in July 2012. The 34-spot jump for “Night” is the biggest to the summit since the chart converted to an airplay/sales/streaming hybrid methodology last fall; it was previously ranked solely by radio audience impressions from a core country radio panel. The prior largest leap to No. 1 in the new chart era belonged to Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” (8-1 in April), which abdicates the No. 1 crown (1-2) after a record-breaking streak of 24 cumulative weeks, the last 19 occurring over consecutive frames.

The second single from “Crash My Party,” “Night “earns the Airplay Gainer nod (up 4.5 million listener impressions) on Hot Country Songs and debuts at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs with 164,000 in its first week of availability.

Meanwhile, the title track from Bryan’s new album holds at No. 3 on Hot Country Songs, where it draws Streaming Gainer applause following a No. 2 peak in April (1.3 million total streams, up 50%, according to Nielsen BDS). Bryan is the first male artist to occupy two slots within the top three of Hot Country Songs since March 2002, when Tim McGraw led the list with “The Cowboy in Me” and appeared with Jo Dee Messina on “Bring on the Rain” at No. 3.

“Crash” spent three weeks atop the Country Airplay chart in July, while “Night” rises 20-16 on the list this week.

Impressively, Bryan is the fourth artist to crown Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums simultaneously this year. Taylor Swift first hit such a double when “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” wrapped a nine-week command on the former, while “Red” was amid a 16-week No. 1 run on the latter (Jan. 12). Gary Allan (Feb. 9) and Florida Georgia Line (eight nonconsecutive weeks until this week) subsequently accomplished the feat.

‘NIGHT’ MOVES, PT. 2: Jason Aldean refreshes the Country Airplay top 10 with “Night Train,” which becomes his 17th song to reach the region.

Up 12-10 in its 13th chart week, “Train” makes slightly better time than Aldean’s career average of 16 weeks to reach the top 10. His quickest pace was six weeks with “Take a Little Ride” last fall.

Aldean’s Country Airplay chart history includes nine No. 1s, most recently a one-week stay for “The Only Way I Know (with Luke Bryan and Eric Church) in February. Aldean has charted 19 times since arriving in 2005, with only two of his singles having missed the top 10: sixth single “Relentless” stopped at No. 15 in 2008 and “1994” peaked at No. 14 this May.

URBAN DEVELOPMENT: Keith Urban’s “Little Bit of Everything” reaches a new peak (No. 6) on Hot Country Songs, adding Digital Gainer stripes (46,000 sold, up 68%). It also hits a new peak (No. 2) on Country Airplay.

“Everything” (co-written by pop singer/songwriter Kevin Rudolf, whose “Let It Rock,” featuring Lil Wayne, hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008), is the lead single from Urban’s new set “Fuse,” due Sept. 10. Nothing official has been announced, but the album’s second single is reportedly a duet with Miranda Lambert, titled “When We Were Us.”

OH ‘YA’: With a second week at No. 1 on Country Airplay, Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya” marks the longest reign for a rookie’s first No. 1 in the eight months since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” spent three weeks at the summit last December.

The only other first-time leader to hold at No. 1 for more than a week last year was Kip Moore’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” which spent the first of two weeks atop the chart dated June 2, 2012.

Since the Nielsen BDS-driven Country Airplay chart launched in January 1990, the longest chart-topping runs by first-timers are: Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” (six weeks, 2006); Taylor Swift’s “Our Song” (six, 2007-08); Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart” (five, 1992); Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” (five, 2000); Blake Shelton’s “Austin” (five, 2001); Steve Holy’s “Good Morning Beautiful” (five, 2002); Faith Hill’s “Wild One” (four, 1994); Kevin Sharp’s “Nobody Knows” (four, 1997); Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” (four, 2004); Craig Morgan’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday” (four, 2005); Rodney Atkins’s “If You’re Going Through Hell” (four, 2006); and Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” (four weeks, 2010). 

Additional Reporting by Keith Caulfield and Gary Trust