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After three weeks at number two, Jason Aldean’sLights Come On” eclipses the impressive 50 million impressive mark and reaches Number One on Billboard’s (BB) Country Airplay Chart (CAC)

Only a handful of songs have surpassed 50 million in audience on the 151 Country radio stations monitored by Nielsen/Broadcast Data Systems (BDS).  In fact, no songs managed to do so between Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet’sIt’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere” in 2003 and Dustin Lynch’sWhere It’s At (Yep, Yep)" in 2014.

Aldean replaces Keith Urban’sWasted Time” which falls to number four after a two-week run atop BB’s CAC.  However, Urban continues to lead Rate the Music’s Country Callout Chart (RTMCCC).  In Canada, Urban’sWasted Time” has reached the Top 10 on Adult Contemporary (AC) and Top 25 on Hot AC.  However, he has received only negligible crossover airplay in the US.

 

For a look at last week’s CAC and audience totals, please click here.  For the CAC and impressions totals from two weeks ago, please click here.

Underwood prepares to take next week’s CAC No. 1

Despite Aldean’s lofty audience total from the last tracking period, Carrie Underwood’sChurch Bells” passed “Lights Come On” on Mediabase’s audience chart on Thursday, day three in the seven-day tracking period for next week’s chart.  Florida Georgia Line’s (FGL)H.O.L.Y.” looks certain to reach Number One in two weeks. 

These two songs, in reverse order are the Top Two songs this week on Billboard’s (BB) Hot Country Songs ChartFGL leads this chart for a tenth week, with Underwood holding down the runner-up slot for a second straight week.

FGL maintains a huge sales and streaming lead, along with increasing crossover airplay at HAC, allowing “H.O.L.Y.” to outrank “Church Bells” number 14 to number 45 on BB's Hot 100.  However, “Church Bells” ranks at number six on this week’s RTMCCC, while “H.O.L.Y.” falls out of the Top 15

This lack of enthusiasm among Country format listeners has undoubtedly slowed FGL’s rise up the CAC.  Low callout scores may ultimately cut the "H.O.L.Y.'s" run at Number One shorter than expected for a track with exceptional sales and streaming numbers for the genre.

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Top 30 Country Songs for week ending 10 July

Here is the Top 30 Country Airplay Chart for the week ending 10 July, ranked by audience, by Nielsen/BDS. This chart combines current and recurrent tracks to rank each week’s Top 30

  • Lights Come On – Jason Aldean – 50.463 – (Wk. 1 at No. 1)
  • Church Bells – Carrie Underwood – 46.842
  • H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line – 43.220
  • Wasted Time – Keith Urban – 42.651
  • Record Year – Eric Church – 38.600
  • Fix – Chris Lane – 36.329
  • Noise – Kenny Chesney – 35.517
  • Head Over Boots – Jon Pardi – 34.224
  • T-Shirt – Thomas Rhett – 28.924
  • From The Ground Up – Dan + Shay – 28.807
  • Somewhere On A Beach – Dierks Bentley – 28.051
  • American Country Love Song – Jake Owen – 27.873
  • Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day – Luke Bryan – 25.253
  • Make You Miss Me – Sam Hunt – 24.901
  • Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini – 23.280
  • Think Of You – Chris Young/Cassadee Pope – 23.233
  • You Look Like I Need A Drink – Justin Moore – 23.225
  • Night’s On Fire – David Nail – 22.666
  • Came Here To Forget – Blake Shelton – 21.482
  • It All Started With A Beer – Frankie Ballard – 20.811
  • Snapback – Old Dominion – 19.054
  • Running For You – Kip Moore – 18.767
  • Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett – 18.604
  • Without A Fight – Brad Paisley/Demi Lovato – 18.121
  • She’s Got A Way With Words – Blake Shelton – 17.785
  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw – 17.759
  • Mind Reader – Dustin Lynch – 16.205
  • Castaway – Zac Brown Band – 15.706
  • Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley/Elle King – 15.671
  • I Love This Life – LoCash – 15.188