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Eric Church narrowly denies Brantley Gilbert's repeat at Number One

Despite Brantley Gilbert's fall to number two in airplay, he maintains the lead over Eric Church in sales and streaming.
Despite Brantley Gilbert's fall to number two in airplay, he maintains the lead over Eric Church in sales and streaming.
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In a photo finish on this week's Country Airplay Chart, Eric Church's “Give Me Back My Hometown” finishes the tracking period ending May 3 with 68.554 million impressions, just 97,000 more than Brantley Gilbert's “Bottoms Up”, which was last week's Number One on the All Access Country Chart.

Gilbert seemed likely to hang on for a second week at Number One with the large lead over Church last week. However, possibly due to Mediabase's reconfiguration of impressions (see more details at the end of article), or a sudden slight change in momentum, “Give Me Back My Hometown” overtook “Bottoms Up” late Friday evening.

Given this week's extremely narrow gap between “Give Me My Hometown” and “Bottoms Up”, it is entirely possible Brantley Gilbert could have repeated at Number One had Mediabase not adjusted the impressions totals downward right before the chart week ended.

T W|L W| Artist – Title – Impressions

1 | 2 | Eric Church – Give Me Back My Hometown – 68.554

2 | 1 | Brantley Gilbert – Bottoms Up – 68.457

3 | 4 | Thomas Rhett – Give Me Some Of That – 65.667

4 | 5 | Florida-Georgia Line/Luke Bryan – This Is How We Roll – 64.093

5 | 6 | Rascal Flatts – Rewind – 59.360

6 | 9 | Luke Bryan – Play It Again – 58.483

7 | 8 | Miranda Lambert – Automatic – 57.669

8 | 7 | Brett Eldridge – Beat Of The Music – 57.512

9 | 12 | Keith Urban – Cop Car – 47.600

10 | 3 | Jerrod Niemann – Drink To That All Night – 46.384

11 | 11 | Justin Moore – Lettin' The Night Roll – 45.041

12 | 16 | Craig Campbell – Keep Them Kisses Comin' – 36.128

13 | 15 | The Band Perry – Chainsaw – 35.887

14 | 12 | Randy Houser – Goodnight Kiss – 35.116

15 | 17 | Craig Morgan – Wake Up Loving You – 32.547

16 | 18 | Tyler Farr – Whiskey In My Water – 32.397

17 | 14 | Blake Shelton – Doin' What She Likes – 32.386 – R

18 | 22 | Jake Owen – Beachin' – 31.927

19 | 21 | Billy Currington – We Are Tonight – 30.758

20 | 19 | Jason Aldean – When She Says Baby – 30.212 – R

21 | 20 | Sara Evans – Slow Me Down – 29.951

22 | 13 | Dan + Shay – 19 You + Me – 28.943

23 | 26 | Chris Young – Who Am I With You – 27.126

24 | 24 | Hunter Hayes – Invisible – 27.005

25 | 28 | Brad Paisley – River Bank – 26.163

26 | 23 | Dierks Bentley – I Hold On – 24.013 – R

27 | 25 | Cole Swindell – Chillin' It – 23.204 – R

28 | 33 | Joe Nichols – Yeah – 22.709

29 | 30 | Lady Antebellum – Compass – 22.105 – R

30 | 27 | David Nail – Whatever She's Got – 21.516 – R

31 | 42 | Blake Shelton – My Eyes – 20.241

32 | 29 | Frankie Ballard – Helluva Life – 18.965 – R

33 | 31 | Luke Bryan – Drink A Beer – 18.941 – R

34 | 32 | Eric Paslay – Friday Night – 17.864 – R

35 | 38 | Eric Paslay – Song About A Girl – 17.263

36 | 41 | Lee Brice – I Don't Dance – 16.974

37 | 39 | Eli Young Band – Dust – 16.495

38 | 36 | George Strait – I Got A Car – 16.475

39 | 34 | Florida-Georgia Line – Stay – 15.618 – R

40 | 35 | Scotty McCreery – See You Tonight – 15.421 – R

41 | 44 | Dustin Lynch – Where It's At – 14.897

42 | 40 | Eli Young Band – Drunk Last Night – 14.272 – R

43 | 45 | Parmalee – Carolina – 13.948 – R

44 | 43 | Jason Aldean – Night Train – 13.595 – R

45 | 37 | Thompson Square – Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About – R

46 | NE| Swon Brothers – Later On – 12.185

47 | 48 | Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert – We Were Us – 11.868 – R

48 | 45 | Brent Eldridge – Don't Ya – 11.432 – R

49 | RE| Tim McGraw – Southern Girl – 10.887 – R

50 | 49 | Darius Rucker – Wagon Wheel – 10.877 – R

Songs Falling Out Of The Top 50

-----| 48 | Randy Houser – Running Out Of Moonlight – 10.663

-----| 47 | Sheryl Crow – Callin' Me When I'm Lonely – 7.968

As always, impressions are listed in millions, TW is This Week, LW is Last Week , NE is New Entry, RE is Re-Entry, and R is Recurrent. Ties in impressions are broken by which song has the higher number of detections.

Gilbert maintains lead when Sales and Streaming totals are added to Airplay

Brantley Gilbert still leads Eric Church in digital sales and streaming totals, so on Billboard's “hybrid” Country Chart combining airplay, sales and streaming activity, “Bottoms Up” still leads “Give Me Back My Hometown” by a fairly large margin. Gilbert actually reached Number One on Billboard's Hot Country Chart weeks before reaching Number One in airplay on either that publication or on All Access.

Perhaps Country radio should pay closer attention to what its listeners are buying and streaming. Instead of having a format chart with so many one-week Number One's, the buyers and streamers activity should lead Country radio program directors to hold onto songs longer, as they did in the early part of the 2000s.

Mediabase reconfiguration leads to lower impressions levels

Note: As mentioned earlier, if these audience titles seem down from the last article reflecting the impression totals, they are. Mediabase adjusted audience figures down at every format. For that reason, almost every song lost impressions from the week before. With the adjustment in configuring actual audience this week, no songs are listed in bold representing a gain in impressions, and no Greatest Gainers or Biggest Losers are noted this week, with the change from the previous week's total audience.

Keep up to date with Country music both locally and nationally

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