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'Room' For Stapleton's Trio In Top Country Albums Top Five; Luke Bryan Lands 10th Straight Airplay Leader
Chris Stapleton's third full-length, From A Room: Volume 2 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville), flies in atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart dated Dec. 23, earning 125,000 equivalent album units (116,000 in traditional album sales), in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. The set opens at No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
The nine-track LP, produced by Stapleton with Dave Cobb, follows its predecessor, From A Room: Volume 1, which bowed at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums list dated May 27 with 219,000 units (202,000 in pure sales), marking Stapleton's strongest unit and sales week to date. Volume 1 has spent eight weeks atop Top Country Albums.
Additionally, Stapleton holds three positions in the Top Country Albums top five, a feat now accomplished only three times in the past 25 years on the almost 54-year-old list. Joining Volume 2 at No. 1, Volume 1 increases 66 percent to 19,000 units and hurtles 9-3, while Stapleton's first studio album, Traveller, jumps 8-4 (18,000, up 39 percent). Traveller has ruled Top Country Albums for 29 weeks.
Sandwiched among Stapleton's trifecta on Top Country Albums is the artist who last achieved the feat, Garth Brooks, whose new box set, The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years (Pearl), slips to No. 2 (40,000, down 30 percent) after becoming his 17th No. 1. On the Top Country Albums list dated Dec. 17, 2016, Brooks ranked at Nos. 2, 3 and 4, respectively, with his wife Trisha Yearwood on Christmas Together; the Walmart-exclusive bundle Christmas Together/Gunslinger; and the stand-alone version of his 10th proper album, Gunslinger.
Prior to that week, Brooks likewise logged three of the Top Country Albums top five on the Dec. 12, 1992, chart, with The Chase (No. 1), Beyond the Season (No. 3) and No Fences (No. 4).
BRYAN SHINES BRIGHT Luke Bryan earns his 18th No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Light It Up" (Capitol Nashville) lifts 2-1, dialing up a 7 percent increase to 42.8 million audience impressions in the week ending Dec. 10.
The song, which Bryan wrote with Old Dominion's Brad Tursi, is the lead single from Bryan's What Makes You Country, released Dec. 8 and due on the Dec. 30-dated Top Country Albums chart.
"Light" marks Bryan's 10th straight Country Airplay leader, the longest current streak among all artists (counting only officially promoted, non-seasonal singles).
Bryan's run started with "Play It Again," which ruled the chart for four weeks beginning May 31, 2014.
Counting only lead billings, Bryan has linked 11 straight Country Airplay leaders. Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll," featuring Bryan, peaked at No. 2 (May 24, 2014). Before "Roll," Bryan's "Drink a Beer" topped off Country Airplay for two frames, beginning Feb. 15, 2014.
Overall, the longest streak of No. 1s since the chart's 1990 launch belongs to Blake Shelton, who rattled off 17 consecutive leaders from 2010's "Hillbilly Bone" (featuring Trace Adkins) through "Came Here to Forget" on June 11, 2016. Shelton's uninterrupted run of rulers ended when "She's Got a Way With Words" peaked at No. 7 (Sept. 10, 2016).
Bryan doubles up the second-longest active streak of Country Airplay No. 1s; Dustin Lynch follows with five.
'YOURS' IS HIS FIRST TOP 10 Russell Dickerson's debut single "Yours" (Triple Tigers) enters the top 10 on both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay.
On Hot Country Songs, which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, the track bumps 12-9. It pushes 11-8 on Country Airplay (29.8 million in audience, up 10 percent).
BRADBERRY BOWS Danielle Bradbery's I Don't Believe We've Met (BMLG) enters Top Country Albums at No. 6 (15,000 units). The set marks the third appearance on the chart for Bradbery, who won the fourth season of NBC's The Voice in 2013.
2013's self-titled LP provided Bradbery her best rank so far when it debuted and peaked at No. 5.