Weekly Chart Report (7/8/11)

Tim McGraw pauses for a picture backstage with WCJW PD/MD Lee Richey following his performance in Darien Lake, NY.

SPIN ZONE
The top of the CountryBreakout Chart gets a changeup, as Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” shimmies up to the No. 1 position after a two week run by Dierks Bentley. Lady Antebellum’s “Just A Kiss” is just a short distance behind at No. 2, and packs on an additional 215 spins for this chart. Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett’s “Knee Deep” closes up the gap from No. 6-3, followed by Trace Adkins’ “Just Fishin’” and Eric Church’s “Homeboy.”

If he’s not careful, Keith Urban’s “Long Hot Summer” may hit No. 1 before summer’s even halfway over. The Aussie star’s latest has consistently piled on over 400 new spins since charting two weeks ago, and rapidly moved up to No. 24 as a result. Also in the “moving super fast” category is George Strait’s “Here For A Good Time,” which is already up to No. 16 after 5 weeks. Similarly Ronnie Dunn’s “Cost of Livin’” has jumped to No. 27 in four weeks thanks to a few 300-plus spin gains. A few spots back is Rascal Flatts’ “Easy” featuring Natasha Bedingfield, which is already up to No. 38 in its second week charting.

A quick look at the Most Added column below reveals that we’ve got new music from Taylor Swift on the way. “Sparks Fly” was reported by 18 stations, the week’s second most added, and is poised for a big debut on next week’s chart. Also on the verge of making chart debuts are new ones from indie darlings Katie Armiger (“I Do But Do I”), Craig Morgan (“This Ole Boy”) and Eric Lee Beddingfield (“Great Depression”).

Frozen Playlists: KCJC, KVOM, KXKZ, KYEZ, KYYK, WBKR, WEIO, WHWK, WKWS, WTCR

Upcoming Singles
July 11
Jason Sturgeon/The Cover/Toolpusher/Spinville
Christian Kane/Let Me Go/Bigger Picture
Katie Armiger/I Do But Do I/Cold River
Ashton Shepherd/Where Country Grows/MCA
Billy Ray Cyrus/Runway Lights/Buena Vista/CO5
Jason Cassidy/Honky Tonk Heaven/A-Blake/Quarterback

July 12
Royal Wade Kimes/500 Miles Away From Home/Wonderment

July 18
LeAnn Rimes/Give/Curb
Craig Morgan/This Ole Boy/Black River
Kristin Chenoweth/I Want Somebody/Sony/CO5
Taylor Swift/Sparks Fly/Big Machine
Darren Warren/Cowboy Up and Party Down/NuCorp/Nine North

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New On The Chart—Debuting This Week
Artist/song/label — chart pos.
D.J. Miller/Between Sundays/Evergreen/Nine North/Spinville — 73
Susan Hickman/Just Missed This Train/4 L Clover Entertainment — 75
Sawyer Brown/Smokin’ Hot Wife — 76
JB & The Moonshine Band/Whiskey Days/Average Joe’s — 77
Darren Warren/Cowboy Up and Party Down/NuCorp — 78
Deborah Allen/Anything Other Than Love/Delta Rock — 79

Greatest Spin Increase
Artist/song/label — spin+
Keith Urban/Long Hot Summer/Capitol — 552
George Strait/Here For A Good Time/MCA — 369
Ronnie Dunn/Cost Of Livin’/Arista — 349
Toby Keith/Made In America/Show Dog — Universal — 342
Alan Jackson/Long Way To Go/EMI — 313

Most Added
Artist/song/label — New Adds
Keith Urban/Long Hot Summer/Capitol — 19
Taylor Swift/Sparks Fly/Big Machine — 18
Rascal Flatts f. Natasha Bedingfield/Easy/Big Machine — 16
Ronnie Dunn/Cost Of Livin’/Arista — 15
Shania Twain/Today Is Your Day/Mercury — 15
Alan Jackson/Long Way To Go/EMI — 13
JT Hodges/Hunt You Down/Show Dog-Universal — 11
Eric Lee Beddingfield/Great Depression/Rebel Dawg Music — 11
Jerrod Niemann/One More Drinkin’ Song/Sea Gayle/Arista — 11
Craig Morgan/This Ole Boy/Black River Entertainment — 10
Kellie Pickler/Tough/BNA — 10

On Deck—Soon To Be Charting
Artist/song/label — spins
Taylor Swift/Sparks Fly/Big Machine — 221
Katie Armiger/I Do But Do I/Cold River — 220
Craig Morgan/This Ole Boy/Black River Entertainment — 218
Susan Cattaneo/Girls Night Out/Jersey Girl Music — 218
Eric Lee Beddingfield/Great Depression/Rebel Dawg Music — 207

James Wesley and Randy Montana are opening Taylor Swift’s massive Speak Now Tour, and recently visited with WKLB when the show rolled through Boston. (L-R): Wesley, WKLB's Ginny Rogers, Montana

Toolpusher Records' Jason Sturgeon and his Jack Russell terrier Max stopped at WUSY/Chattanooga to visit with Dex & Mo. Sturgeon’s new single "The Cover" goes for adds July 11, and his 2011 Rollin' On Tour is hitting cities all over. (L-R): WUSY's Brian Stewart, Sturgeon, WUSY's Mo Paige and Bill Pointdexter, Toolpusher Records Project Manager Dennis Kurtz. Front and center is Max, Sturgeon's Jack Russell Terrier.

David St. Romain stopped by WBBN in Laurel, MS and visted with B95's afternoon on-air personality Dan Preston and PD Andy Webb. (L-R): Preston, St. Romain and Webb.

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