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Zac Brown Band’s ‘Owl’ Perches Atop Top Country Albums, Chris Lane All ‘About’ No. 1 On Country Airplay

Zac Brown Band earns their fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as The Owl flies in.

Zac Brown Band earns their fifth No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, as The Owl flies in atop the Oct. 5-dated tally with 106,000 equivalent album units (99,000 in album sales) in its opening week, ending Sept. 26, according to Nielsen Music.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, The Owl arrives at No. 2, awarding the act its sixth top 10.   

ZBB’s sixth full-length, and first via BMG, includes collaborations with EDM DJ Skrillex and pop talents Benny Blanco, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Max Martin, Shawn Mendes, Ryan Tedder and Andrew Watt. Meanwhile, the track “Finish What We Started” features singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile.

All five of the band’s Top Country Albums No. 1s have launched at the summit. Before The Owl, Welcome Home debuted atop the tally dated June 3, 2017, with 146,000 equivalent album units (139,000 in album sales); Jekyll + Hyde bowed on May 16, 2015, with 214,000 sold; Uncaged arrived on July 28, 2012, with 234,000 sold; and You Get What You Give opened on Oct. 9, 2010, with 153,000 sold.

The outfit’s breakthrough LP The Foundation started at No. 3 on Dec. 6, 2008, and rose to its No. 2 peak the following March.

The Owl‘s lead single, “Someone I Used to Know” (ZB Collective/BMG/Wheelhouse), ranks at No. 23 on the airplay- streaming- and sales-fueled Hot Country Songs chart and No. 31 on Country Airplay.


LANE LEADS Chris Lane notches his second Country Airplay No. 1, as “I Don’t Know About You” ascends 2-1 in its 45th week on the survey, up 11% to 38.7 million audience impressions in the week ending Sept. 29.

“I’m so proud of this song and all who worked really hard to make this happen,” Lane says. “Thank you to the songwriters who let me record it and country radio for playing it, and a huge shout-out to the fans.”

Penned by Ashley Gorley, Hardy, Hunter Phelps and Jameson Rodgers, the track is the second single from Lane’s LP Laps Around the Sun, which debuted and peaked at No. 8 on Top Country Albums in July 2018. Lead single “Take Back Home Girl” (featuring Tori Kelly) reached No. 8 on Country Airplay in August 2018.

Lane first crowned Country Airplay with his second entry, “Fix,” for a week in August 2016. Lane landed his other of four top 10s to date with follow-up “For Her,” which hit No. 10 in September 2017.

On Hot Country Songs, “Know” pushes 4-2 for a new best in its 51st week. It drew 7.5 million U.S. streams and sold 4,000 downloads in the week ending Sept. 26.

STRIKE UP THE ‘BAND’ Old Dominion banks its eighth Hot Country Songs top 10 as “One Man Band” sprints 14-10. It hikes by 23% to 17.7 million audience impressions, as it rises 17-14 on Country Airplay, while gaining by 6% to 6.8 million U.S. streams and 8% to 6,000 sold.

A ‘LITTLE’ BIGGER Russell Dickerson rolls up his third straight career-opening Country Airplay top 10, as “Every Little Thing” climbs 11-10, gaining by 8% to 25 million in radio reach. His first two hits led the list last year: “Yours,” for two weeks starting Jan. 27, and “Blue Tacoma” (one week, Oct. 13).