It’s a close race, but Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee” edges out Justin Moore’s “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” to earn a second week in the CountryBreakout Chart’s No. 1 spot. Capitol bros Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are neck-and-neck at No. 3 and 4, followed by Chris Young’s “Tomorrow” at No. 5. And fresh from a big performance night at the 2011 CMT Music Awards, Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” cruises on to No. 10.
Kudos to the team over at Universal Music Group, who have managed a whole boatload of impressive figures with this chart. For starters, the record-setting Scotty McCreery single “I Love You This Big” hasn’t lost its momentum, zooming to No. 35 with the week’s highest gain of 493 spins. That puts him one spot ahead of his labelmate and hero Josh Turner’s “I Wouldn’t Be A Man.” Two more important debuts came out of the UMG camp as well–George Strait’s “Here For A Good Time,” which vaulted to No. 66 despite no prior weeks reporting, and AI finalist Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does” at No. 70.
Then there’s Brad Paisley’s “Remind Me,” featuring Carrie Underwood. It still doesn’t seem to have any official status as a single, though it hardly matters–it’s already up to No. 31 with a huge gain of 368 spins. Be on the lookout for a big debut next week from Toby Keith’s “Made In America.” Its Wednesday reveal on the CMT Awards was a little too late to get it charted today, but it’s currently right outside the Top 80 and will no doubt explode in the next cycle.
Frozen Playlists: KBCR, KNCQ, KTKS, KTTI, Nashville XM 57, Sirius XM, WCMS, WKSR, WTCR, WZZS
Craig Morgan has new music on the way through a new agreement with Black River Entertainment. Written by the “Peach Pickers” trio of Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson, and Rhett Akins, “This Ole Boy” is shipping to radio June 21. A full length album is expected in early 2012. Fans can also keep up with Morgan on the second season of his Outdoor Channel series Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors, which starts June 25.
Lisa Matassa/Me Time/It Is What It Is/Nine North
Sara Evans/My Heart Can’t Tell You No/RCA
JT Hodges/Hunt You Down/Show Dog-Universal
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New On The Chart—Debuting This Week
Artist/song/label — chart pos.
George Strait/Here For A Good Time/MCA — 66
Lauren Alaina/Like My Mother Does/19 Ent./Mercury — 70
Hunter Hayes/Storm Warning/Atlantic/WMN — 74
David St. Romain/Twenty Years Late/Aria/Turnpike — 79
Greatest Spin Increase
Artist/song/label — spin+
Scotty McCreery/I Love You This Big/19 Ent./Mercury — 493
George Strait/Here For A Good Time/MCA — 415
Brad Paisley feat. Carrie Underwood/Remind Me/Arista — 368
Darius Rucker/I Got Nothin’/Capitol — 359
Thompson Square/I Got You/Stoney Creek — 299
On Deck—Soon To Be Charting
Artist/song/label — spins
Toby Keith/Made In America/Show Dog – Universal — 200
Shawna Russell/Get Right or Get Left/Way Out West Records — 190
Susan Hickman/Just Missed This Train/4 L Clover Entertainment — 188
Sara Evans/My Heart Can’t Tell You No/RCA — 181
Jody Booth/Golddigger/Vigilante Music — 181
Artist/song/label — New Adds
George Strait/Here For A Good Time/MCA — 29
Scotty McCreery/I Love You This Big/19 Ent./Mercury — 27
Brad Paisley feat. Carrie Underwood/Remind Me/Arista — 19
Toby Keith/Made In America/Show Dog-Universal — 15
LoCash Cowboys/You Got Me/R&J Records — 12
Darius Rucker/I Got Nothin’/Capitol — 12
Lauren Alaina/Like My Mother Does/19 Ent./Mercury — 11
Corey Smith/Twenty One/Average Joe’s — 10
Joe Nichols/Take It Off/Show Dog-Universal — 10