Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan Log New Country No. 1s
Florida Georgia Line becomes the first duo in nearly 22 years to notch at least three Hot Country Songs No. 1s from a debut full-length album, as "This Is How We Roll," featuring Luke Bryan, rises 2-1 with dual Digital and Streaming Gainer honors.
"Roll," which praises the merits of a mixtape featuring "a little Hank, a little Drake," is the third No. 1 from the twosome's introductory album "Here's to the Good Times," which has sold 1.7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lead track "Cruise" led for a record 24 weeks beginning on the Dec. 22, 2012, chart, and fourth radio single "Stay" reigned for six frames beginning on Dec. 14, 2013, chart. (In between, "Get Your Shine On" and "Round Here" peaked at Nos. 5 and 3, respectively.) "Roll" appears on the deluxe version of "Here's to the Good Times," released in November.
Florida Georgia Line is the first twosome to tally at least three No. 1s on Hot Country Songs from a debut release since Brooks & Dunn arrived with four from its debut set, "Brand New Man," in 1991 (when the chart was solely airplay-based; it adopted its current airplay/sales/streaming-based methodology beginning on Oct. 20, 2012).
The chart's new leader returns to the top of Country Digital Songs (2-1; 80,000 downloads sold, up 37 percent) and rockets 11-2 on Country Streaming Songs (1.2 million U.S. streams, up 92 percent, according to Nielsen BDS) as the survey period encompasses the first full week following the song's official video release (March 8). On Country Airplay, it bullets for a second week at its No. 17 peak so far (23 million audience impressions, up 17 percent.)
Bryan collects his seventh Hot Country Songs No. 1, while his new EP, "Spring Break 6 ...Like We Ain't Ever," debuts as his fourth No. 1 on Top Country Albums with 74,000 sold. The digital-exclusive six-song set is the latest in Bryan's spring break-themed EP chain, which launched in 2009 with "Spring Break With All My Friends." Last year, he topped the chart with "Spring Break… Here to Party," a compilation of previously-released tracks from the series.
FAST START FOR 'SLOW': Sara Evans scores her sixth top 10 on Top Country Albums, as "Slow Me Down" starts at No. 2 (27,000). She's tallied two No. 1s: her last studio set "Stronger" (2011) and 2005's "Real Fine Place."
The title-cut first single from her new album rises to a new peak (23-22) on Hot Country Songs. Beginning with 1999's No. 1 "No Place That Far," Evans has collected nine top 10s, including five No. 1s, on the ranking.
A GOOD 'GET': Thomas Rhett racks his second top 10 on Hot Country Songs, as "Get Me Some of That" jumps 13-10. The song follows his prior single, "It Goes Like This," which peaked at No. 2 for six weeks in October/November.
"Some" rises 7-5 on Country Digital Songs (32,000, up 1 percent) and 16-14 on Country Airplay (24 million, up 13 percent), while holding at No. 9 on Country Streaming Songs (737,000, up 6 percent).
WILLIAMS STILL WOWS: Country icon Don Williams, aka the "Gentle Giant," lands his highest-charting set on Top Country Albums in nearly 30 years, as "Reflections" debuts at No. 19. He last charted higher with "Café Carolina," which rose to No. 13 on the Sept. 8, 1984, chart.
The new set is Williams' second album for the Sugar Hill label; 2012's "And So It Goes" (his first charted studio effort since 1998), debuted and peaked at No. 20.
Williams, 74, has charted 11 top 10s on Top Country Albums, including 1976's No. 1 "Harmony."
On Hot Country Songs, he boasts 45 top 10s (beginning in 1972), including 17 No. 1s. He last reached the region with 1991's melodic gem "Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy."