All Four One: Keith Urban’s ‘Blue’ Tops Quartet of Country Charts
Keith at the 2016 CMA Awards…
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For only the third time, a single reigns simultaneously on all four of Billboard‘s Nielsen Music-powered country songs charts, as Keith Urban‘s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” controls the Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Digital Song Sales and Country Streaming Songs charts dated Jan. 21.
“Keith invents and reinvents himself like few others,” Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungantells Billboard. ” ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ is simply the latest exclamation point in his monumental career.”
On the lists dated Jan. 14, “Blue” led Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay and Country Digital Song Sales; on Country Streaming Songs, it ranked at No. 6, blocked by a holly jolly top five consisting entirely of holiday songs. Now, with those carols stored away for another year, “Blue” returns to No. 1 on Country Streaming Songs for a fourth total frame on top, bounding 6-1, up 4 percent to 4.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 5. The track is Urban’s first Country Streaming Songs No. 1.
On Hot Country Songs, which combines airplay, sales and streaming data, “Blue” rules for a 10th week, marking Urban’s first leader of double-digit weeks among his 16 No. 1s; before “Blue,” he led for as many as six weeks each with “Somebody Like You” in 2002 and “Better Life” in 2005 (when the chart was solely airplay-driven).
“Blue” also tops Country Digital Song Sales for a 10th frame (32,000 downloads, down 32 percent, as all songs on the chart drop in sales post-Christmas). Leading Country Airplay for a second week, “Blue” increases by 3 percent to 46.3 million audience impressions. The song is Urban’s first Country Digital Song Sales No. 1 and 21st Country Airplay topper.
With its waltz time signature and empathetic storyline, ” ‘Blue’ has been a consistent top tester for KKBQ [Houston], I think for good reason,” says KKBQ PD Johnny Chiang. “Sonically, it’s different from anything else out there. It’s both melodic and mysterious, and Urban can make anything sound sexy, can’t he? If you think about the lyrics, how many women have you known who have been treated poorly by men and wished there was a knight in shining armor like Keith Urban to rescue them?”
“Blue,” the fourth single from Urban’s album Ripcord, which has sold 420,000 copies in the U.S. since its May 2016 release, is just the third song to dominate all four of Billboard‘s Nielsen-fueled country songs charts at the same time, dating to the launch of Country Streaming Songs on April 20, 2013. It’s the first since Jason Aldean‘s “Burnin’ It Down,” which simultaneously topped the tallies on the charts dated Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, 2014.
The first song to earn the four-fold honor belonged to Urban’s Capitol Nashville labelmate, Luke Bryan, whose “Play It Again” led all the aforementioned charts for two nonconsecutive weeks (May 31 and June 14, 2014).
Published at 9:54 PM CST…Tuesday, January 10, 2017…Nashville, Tennessee…
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