Scotty McCreery Tops Country Airplay, Riley Green Claims First Top 10, Brooks & Dunn and George Strait Return


Scotty McCreery notches his second No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "This Is It" ascends 2-1 in its 37th week (on the chart dated Feb. 16). The ballad gained by eight p.c to 39.6 million viewers impressions within the week ending Feb. 10, in keeping with Nielsen Music. On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-blended Hot Country Songs chart, it enters the highest 5 (6-Four).

McCreery co-authored the tune, with Frank Rogers and Aaron Eshuis, for his then-longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal, and sang it at their wedding ceremony final June 16. "Two weeks earlier than I proposed, we wrote 'This Is It' as a love tune for Gabi," McCreery tells Billboard. "It's our story. If the tune existed solely for she and I, that will be fully advantageous with me. But to have our story on the radio after which attain No. 1 on the Billboard chart simply makes my coronary heart sing. Gabi is my world, she conjures up me day by day, and I believe folks can really feel the realness of our love story after they hearken to the tune and watch the video. The incontrovertible fact that so many at the moment are utilizing 'This' in their very own weddings provides me chills."

McCreery, who gained American Idol in 2011, earns his second Country Airplay chief in a row from his album Seasons Change, which turned his third Top Country Albums No. 1 in March 2018. He notched his first Country Airplay No. 1 with the album's first single, "Five More Minutes," which led for per week the identical month.

NEW TOP 10s Jordan Davis notches his second Hot Country Songs prime 10, as "Take It From Me" strides 11-9, fueled closely by its efficiency on Country Airplay, the place lifts 7-5, up 10 p.c to 29.1 million impressions.

Riley Green earns his first Country Airplay prime 10 as his debut single "There Was This Girl" hops 11-9 (21 million impressions, up 6 p.c). "Girl" is from Green's EP In a Truck Right Now, launched in June 2018. A full-album is anticipated later this 12 months.

Plus, Michael Ray nets his third prime Country Airplay 10 as "One That Got Away"  rises 12-10 (20.1 million, up 6 p.c).

'BRAND NEW' REMAKE With visitor Luke Combs, Brooks & Dunn return to Country Airplay with a brand new model of the twosome's first of 20 No. 1s – a file amongst duos – as "Brand New Man" bows at No. 49, the chart's highest opener (1.7 million impressions). The unique "Man," Brooks & Dunn's launch single, led for 2 weeks in 1991, turning into the primary of 4 straight leaders for the twosome.

The reimagined "Man" marks the primary Country Airplay look for Brooks & Dunn since their collaboration with Mac Powell, "Over the Next Hill," which peaked at No. 55 in 2010. In 2016, Ronnie Dunn's "Damn Drunk," that includes Kix Brooks, reached No. 36.

"Man" is the primary single from Brooks & Dunn's album Reboot (due April 5), which finds the pair remaking their biggest hits with next-generation stars, together with Kane Brown, Kacey Musgraves and Brothers Osborne. The set is their first of newly-recorded materials since 2007's Cowboy Town, which reached No. Four on Top Country Albums.

STRAIT RETURNS, TOO Fellow format cornerstone George Strait additionally debuts new music, as "God and Country Music" turns into his 122nd entry on Hot Country Songs, debuting at No. 36. It enters Country Digital Song Sales at No. Four (7,000 downloads offered), turning into his highest-charting entry and third prime 10, following "Let's Go" (No. 9, 2015) and "Give It All We Got Tonight" (No. eight, 2013).

Strait charts on Hot Country Songs for the primary time in three years, after he'd graced the survey yearly between 1981 and 2016. He had final appeared with the No. 36-peakning "Cold Beer Conversation."

"God" is the primary single from Strait's 30th studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, due March 29.