Luke Bryan lands his 24th leader on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart as “Down to One” rises 4-1 on the list dated March 6. In the tracking week ending Feb. 28, the single increased by 15% to 29.1 million audience impressions, according to MRC Data.
On the Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, “One” becomes Bryan’s 28th top five hit, climbing 7-5. It drew 6 million U.S. streams (up 36%) and sold 2,000 downloads in the week ending Feb. 25.
“I absolutely love this song!,” Bryan tells Billboard of the tune, which was written by Dallas Davidson, Justin Ebach and Kyle Fishman. “‘Down to One’ has a melody that just locked me in the first time I heard it. I know a lot of artists feel this way, but I’m definitely looking forward to doing this one live.”
“One” is the fourth Country Airplay No. 1 from Bryan’s LP Born Here Live Here Die Here, which debuted at the Top Country Albums summit last August, marking his ninth leader. The set was originally scheduled for last April but Bryan delayed both it and his planned tour because of COVID-19. A deluxe version of the album, with six new songs, is due April 9.
The set’s first single, “Knockin’ Boots,” led Country Airplay for two weeks in September 2019, followed by “What She Wants Tonight” (one week, April 2020) and “One Margarita” (two weeks, July 2020).
Bryan logged his first Country Airplay No. 1, “Rain Is a Good Thing,” for two weeks in July 2010. He boasts the sixth-most leaders in the chart’s history (which dates to January 1990). Kenny Chesney leads with 31, followed by Tim McGraw (29), Blake Shelton (28) and Alan Jackson and George Strait, each with 26.
Bryan is back for a fourth season on ABC’s American Idol with fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
TOP 10 ‘SONG’ Thomas Rhett earns his 17th Hot Country Songs top 10 as “What’s Your Country Song” jumps 13-7. On Country Airplay, it rises 5-4, up by 7% to 24.8 million in audience. It also drew 5.7 million streams (up 57%) and sold 2,000 (up 20%).
‘GOOD’ MOVE Gabby Barrett nabs her second career-opening Hot Country Songs top 10 (excluding holiday fare) as “The Good Ones” lifts 12-9. It pushes 12-11 on Country Airplay (16.6 million impressions, up 9%) and garnered 6.1 million streams (up 16%) and sold 4,000 (up 14%) in the tracking week.
The single joins Barrett’s debut crossover smash “I Hope” in the Hot Country Songs top 10, as the latter rebounds for a 26th week on top. “I Hope,” which led Country Airplay for a week in April 2020, tallied 43 million in all-format audience, 7.2 million streams and 2,000 sold in the latest measurement week.
BIGGER ‘HOUSE’ On Country Airplay, Dustin Lynch rolls up his ninth top 10, as “Momma’s House” climbs 11-10 (16.6 million, up 1%). Lynch adds his first top 10 since “Ridin’ Roads,” which became his seventh No. 1 in January 2020.
A COUPLE COUPLES Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s cover of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s former Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Shallow” hits the Country Airplay top 40, rising 42-38. The song is the fifth top 40 duet by the couple, who married in 2005, and first in 15 years:
No. 2 peak, November 1997, “In Another’s Eyes”
No. 18, October 1998, “Where Your Road Leads”
No. 16, March 2002, “Squeeze Me In”
No. 23, March 2006, “Love Will Always Win”
No. 38 (to-date), March 2021, “Shallow”
Another husband-and-wife tandem debuts on the latest Country Airplay chart with their first shared entry on the survey: Ryan Hurd’s “Chasin’ After You,” featuring Maren Morris, arrives at No. 60.