Luke Bryan can quit looking over his shoulder now to see who’s gaining on him and simply bask in the record-setting glow of having the top two songs on this week’s Billboard country airplay chart.
Those would be Bryan’s own “Play It Again” single, which leapfrogs from No. 3 to No. 1 in its 12th week out, and “This Is How We Roll,” his collaboration on the Florida Georgia Line single that’s still holding at No. 2.
According to Billboard’s country chart guru, Wade Jessen, “Bryan becomes the first artist ever to monopolize the chart’s top two spots simultaneously” since the ranking was launched in 1990.
To make the charts even merrier, Rascal Flatts emerge into the sunlight with Rewind to debut the week’s No. 1 album.
Rewind sold 61,207 copies its first week out, Nielsen SoundScan reports.
The other new albums are Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke (bowing at No. 2), Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (No. 11) and the turgidly titled Nashville: The Nashville Cast Featuring Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor (No. 41).
Returning to the chart are the self-titled Joey & Rory Inspired: Songs of Faith & Family (No. 37), the equally eponymous Eric Paslay (No. 45) and Randy Houser’s How Country Feels (No. 48).
The week’s new songs include Brantley Gilbert’s “Small Town Throwdown” with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett (No. 28), Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender” (No. 43), Chasin’ Crazy’s “That’s How We Do Summertime” (No. 59) and Jerrod Niemann’s “Donkey” (No. 60).
Leah Turner’s “Pull Me Back” stages a comeback at No. 58.
The No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Hunter Hayes’ Storyline (last week’s No. 1), Bryan’s Crash My Party and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times.
For title tales, we propose “Sunshine & Whiskey/That’s How We Do Summertime,” “Donkey/Night That You’ll Never Forget” and “Bartender/Wanted Me Gone.”