Scotty McCreery, who won the 10th season of American Idol in 2011, debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, while Luke Bryan — a judge with reports} Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on ABC’s reboot of the talent show — crowns Country Airplay.
McCreery tallies his third Top Country Albums No. 1, all of which have debuted at the summit, as Seasons Change (Triple Tigers/RED), his third proper LP, arrives in the penthouse of the chart dated March 31. It earned 40,000 equivalent album units (34,000 of them traditional album sales) in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music.
On the all-genre Billboard 200, Seasons Change starts at No. 7, marking his fifth top 10. The singer-songwriter co-wrote all the tracks on the 11-song set, which was produced by Aaron Eshuis, Derek Wells and Frank Rogers.
“It’s awesome to learn that Seasons Change has debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums,” says McCreery. “It’s been almost five years since my last album [See You Tonight], and to know that people have been waiting for new music from me is humbling. My fans have always been so supportive. I’m so thankful for them, and I’m glad they are enjoying the new music.”
See You Tonight entered the chart at No. 1 on Nov. 2, 2013, with 52,000 copies sold. His first LP, Clear as Day, arrived at No. 1 on Oct. 22, 2011 (197,000 sold).
Seasons Change marks McCreery’s sixth top five title on Top Country Albums. He first charted with two Idol recap sets in 2011, and Christmas With Scotty McCreery followed Clear as Day, debuting at its No. 2 peak on Nov. 3, 2012 (41,000 sold).
Seasons Change‘s launch single, “Five More Minutes,” became McCreery’s first Country Airplay No. 1 (March 3). On Hot Country Songs, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, the track hit a career-best No. 4 (Feb. 24). Follow-up “This Is It” goes for adds at country radio on April 23.
‘GOOD’ NEWS: Luke Bryan banks his 19th Country Airplay No. 1 and 12th in succession (counting singles promoted to country radio and excluding holiday fare) as “Most People Are Good” (Capitol Nashville) ascends 3-1 in its 14th week on the chart, up 9 percent to 41.4 million audience impressions. On Hot Country Songs, it becomes his 24th top five hit (6-5).
The positive-message song is the second single from his album What Makes You Country, following “Light It Up,” which topped the Dec. 23, 2017-dated Country Airplay chart.[readmor:8256069]
Since “Drink a Beer” led for two weeks beginning Feb. 15, 2014, none of Bryan’s lead singles have missed the Country Airplay apex. (During that run, Florida Georgia Line‘s “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Bryan, peaked at No. 2 in May 2014.)
Bryan’s 12 straight No. 1s on the list mark the longest active streak among all artists. (Dustin Lynch ranks -second with five straight.) With 19 chart-toppers, a roll that began with “Rain Is a Good Thing” (his seventh entry) in 2010, Bryan ties Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley for ninth place for the most leaders. (Tim McGraw is first with 29.)
‘MEANT TO BE’ BIGGER: Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line‘s pop-country crossover hit “Meant to Be” (Warner Bros./Big Machine Label Group) extends its Hot Country Songs domination to 17 weeks. It ties Thomas Rhett‘s “Die a Happy Man” (2015-16) for the fifth-longest reign in the chart’s history. Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road” leads with 34 weeks at No. 1 in 2017.
“Meant” bounds 7-4 on Country Airplay (33 million, up 10 percent), marking Rexha’s first top five hit in her inaugural visit to the chart and FGL’s 14th. On Pop Songs, the collab also reaches the top five (6-5).
On the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, “Meant” pushes 4-2, becoming the highest-charting hit by a country duo or group since Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now,” which peaked at No. 2 in March 2010.
‘HEAVEN’ MOVES TO LOFTIER SPOT: Kane Brown‘s “Heaven” (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) becomes his second Country Airplay top 10 (12-10; 27.1 million, up 19 percent). His hit “What Ifs” (featuring Lauren Alana) topped the Oct. 28, 2017-dated chart.