Aaron Lewis’ Album Leads Country, Justin Moore Leading Country Radio

Aaron Lewis

Aaron Lewis establishes at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated Oct. 8) with Sinner, which gives him a career-best weekly total of 39,000 copies sold (in the week ending Sept. 22, according to Nielsen Music). Lewis lands his second career best on the list, following his genre debut with his 2011 EP Town Line (38,000 in its first week). In 2012, his first solo full-length The Road debuted and peaked at No. 7 (21,000).


Lewis continues his segue after scoring success as the lead vocalist of Staind and following his career into country. The hard rock group has notched three No. 1s on the Billboard 200 albums chart.


“It sounds like country music, which these days is fairly uncommon, for a ‘country artist’ to really put out country music,” Lewis told Billboard before this year about Sinner. (The set’s title cut features Willie Nelson.) “I’m not a fan of what is, for the most part, coming out of Nashville these days. It’s pop music; it is not country music.”


“Do I think that there’s more music there? Sure. Do I want to go down that road? Not particularly at the moment, no. I don’t even know that when the time comes for us to go out and do some shows whether that means we’re going to record more music. We’ll just have to see what happens when we get there.”


WAIT, THERE’S MOORE: Country Airplay additionally welcomes a new No. 1, as Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need a Drink” vaults 4-1 (42 million in audience, up 15 percent, good for Best Gainer on the chart).


He formerly led with “Small Town USA” (Oct. 3, 2009), “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” (Oct. 23, 2010) and “Til My Last Day” (Jan. 5, 2013).


TIM’S TRIPLE: For a second straight week, Tim McGraw boasts three concurrent songs in the Country Airplay top 20. His own “How I’ll Always Be” rises 15-14, while two songs on which he is credited as a featured artist also climb: Big & Rich’s “Lovin’ Lately” (16-15) and Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All” (19-18).


McGraw is the only artist to score two sets of three simultaneous top 20 Country Airplay hits, although one other artist has achieved the feat (dating to the chart’s 1990 launching): Kenny Chesney, for four weeks in June-July 2004, with “When the Sun Goes Down,” with Uncle Kracker; his own “I Go Back”; and as a supporting vocalist, with Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait, on Jimmy Buffett’s “Hey Good Lookin’.”


McGraw is also one of the 30 stars leading to “Forever Country,” which soars in at No. 1 on the airplay, sales and streaming-music. Meanwhile, McGraw recently have his greatest crossover success on the Adult Contemporary chart in a decade with his former Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay No. 1 “Humble and Type”; the ballad reached No. 13 on AC last month.

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