Tyler Childers Earns First Top Country Albums No. 1 With ‘Country Squire’


Singer-songwriter Tyler Childers' new album, Country Squire, blasts onto Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated Aug. 17) at No. 1, marking his first No. 1 on the survey.

In its first week, ending Aug. 8, the set earned 32,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. Of the sum, 24,000 were through traditional album sales.

Concurrently, Country Squire arrives atop Billboard's Americana/Folk Albums chart, also marking Childers' first No. 1. On the all-genre Billboard 200, the Sturgill Simpson- and David Ferguson-produced set begins at No. 12.

For the 28-year-old Childers, who hails from Lawrence County, Ky., Country Squire is his second Top Country Albums entry, after Purgatory debuted and peaked at No. 17 in August 2017. On Americana/Folk Albums, Purgatory reached No. 4.

The first single from Country Squire is the bluegrass-tinged "House Fire."

Childers' new set dethrones Luke Combs' debut full-length This One's for You, which dips to No. 2 with 22,000 units with (3,000 sold), down 1%. Combs' LP has spent 44 weeks in the penthouse, the most among male artists, having passed Randy Travis' Always & Forever, which led for 43 weeks starting in June 1987. Only one title has spent more weeks atop Top Country Albums, which launched in 1964: Shania Twain's Come On Over, which dominated for 50 frames beginning in November 1997.

Meanwhile, Combs' "Beer Never Broke My Heart," the first single from his EP The Prequel, reigns on Country Airplay for a second week, increasing by 4% to 40.7 million audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 11.

"Beer" became Combs' record-extending sixth straight career-opening No. 1 Country Airplay single when it topped the Aug. 10-dated tally (in its 13th week, completing the quickest run to No. 1 this year).

"Beer" is Combs' fifth multi-week leader on Country Airplay. Of his six No. 1s, only his third, "One Number Away," led for a single frame (June 9, 2018). His longest run at the apex came courtesy of his most recent No. 1 prior to "Beer," "Beautiful Crazy," which paced the list for seven weeks starting on March 2.

'RAISED' RISES On Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, Chris Young attains his 14th top 10, as "Raised on Country" strides 11-10 in its 27th week. The performance is sparked by its 11% hike to 32.4 million in format radio reach, as it hops 6-5 on Country Airplay. The song also attracted 2.1 million U.S. streams (up 6%).

"Raised" is Young's first Hot Country Songs top 10 since "Hangin' On," which reached No. 8 last November. It peaked at No. 2 on Country Airplay.

'LIVING' WELL Dierks Bentley notches his 25th Country Airplay top 10, as "Living" lifts 12-10 (21.1 million in audience, up 6%). Bentley is the 17th artist with at least 25 top 10s (tying Vince Gill's total) since the chart launched in 1990. George Strait leads with 61 top 10s.

LADY A ON CHART BEAT PODCAST Joining as our special musical guest on the latest Chart Beat podcast is Lady Antebellum. The trio of Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, along with BMLG president/CEO Jimmy Harnen, chats about the act's forthcoming new album and performs an exclusive version of its current single, "What If I Never Get Over You," which ranks at No. 23 on both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay.

"It feels a little like returning home to the sound that we started doing as a band," Scott says of the track (the group's first on BMLG). "We love songs that feel relatable and that we can bring a male and female perspective to. This song just feels really comfortable for us."