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Tyler Farr Scores First No. 1 on Country Airplay, Steven Tyler Debuts

Tylers, the creators: Farr reigns with "A Guy Walks Into a Bar," while Aerosmith's frontman makes his Nashville chart debut.

Tyler Farr toasts his first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart (dated May 30), as “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” rises 2-1 in its 42nd week.

Farr leads at last after reaching No. 3 with his prior two singles, and first top 10s, “Whiskey in My Water” (July 2014) and “Redneck Crazy” (October 2013). Those two tracks are from Farr’s debut album, Redneck Crazy, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 on Top Country Albums (Oct. 19, 2013) has sold 187,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. Sophomore set Suffer in Peace, featuring “Bar,” likewise launched at No. 2 (May 16) and has sold 47,000 in its first two weeks. The new set’s “Withdrawals” is Farr’s next single.

“Bar” completes the fifth-longest climb to No. 1 in the Country Airplay chart’s 25-year history. Chris Young’s “Voices” leads with a 51-week flight (over two release cycles between 2008 and 2011).

Listen to Steven Tyler’s First Foray Into Country, ‘Love Is Your Name’


Farr isn’t the only Tyler making notable news on Country Airplay: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler soars in at No. 33 with his first country single, “Love Is Your Name.” The track, written by Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay, bows aided by hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia stations in its first day of release (May 13); Tyler also performed the track that night on the season finale of Fox’s American Idol.

“Love” previews Tyler’s forthcoming first country album. “Country, to me, has always been oversimplified, by an accent, a truck, cowboy boots, a dirt road, a back porch,” he says. “But, I think it’s more about freedom and pride and hard work and the girl. And knowing everybody’s first name in town, you know? There were 1,200 people in my town when I grew up. That, to me, is country.”

While “Love” marks Tyler’s first trip to Country Airplay, Aerosmith’s music has made an impact in the genre. In 1995, Garth Brooks took his faithfully manic version of Aerosmith’s “Fever,” from the band’s 1993 album Get a Grip, to No. 23 on Country Airplay. Subsequently, the group’s sole Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, 1998’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” became a Country Airplay leader as remade by Mark Chesnutt, whose country cover of the ballad (written by acclaimed pop songwriter Diane Warren) topped Country Airplay in February 1999.