According to Billboard, Florida Georgia Line, the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, not only topped several year-end recaps but also brought their record label, Republic Nashville, to new heights. At the close of the year, Florida Georgia Line landed in the Number 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs recap with “Cruise” and placed two more tracks in the Top 20 with “Get Your Shine On” at Number 7 and “Round Here” at Number 16. Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift round out the top five on the Hot Country Songs 2013 Recap.
Florida Georgia Line, which signed with Republic Nashville in mid-2012, also clinched the top spots on the Country Airplay Artists and Country Streaming Songs Artists recaps. Coming in behind the duo on the latter tally are, once again, the combination of Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton.
“Cruise” also ended the year in the Number 1 spot on the Country Digital Songs recap while “Get Your Shine On” places at Number 9. Darius Rucker’s remake of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” finishes at Number 2, followed by Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here” (featuring Pistol Annies), Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care” (with Taylor Swift) and Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party.”
The year-end Country Streaming Songs recap finds “Cruise” in the top spot as well, followed by “Wagon Wheel,” “Boys ‘Round Here,” Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy” and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
Luke Bryan also had a notable 2013, as he landed in the Number 1 spot on the year-end Top Country Albums Artists recap. In 2007, Billboard identified Bryan as an artist to watch. Now, six years later, Billboard is still watching him, and his success during the past year is impressive. Crash My Party (Capitol Nashville) was not only one of the biggest first-week debuts of the year at 528,000 (according to Nielsen SoundScan), it also was the biggest sales debut for a country male artist since 2004. Crash My Party, which topped the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums upon release, is Number 3 on the latter year-end recap, while his 2011 release Tailgates & Tanlines (Capitol Nashville) is Number 8 and Spring Break…Here to Party (Capitol Nashville) finishes at Number 10.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift’s 2012 Big Machine release, Red, finishes in the top spot on the Top Country Albums recap, ahead of Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times (Republic Nashville), Crash My Party, Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story (Warner Bros.) and Jason Aldean’s Night Train (Broken Bow).
As in past years, new artists continue to make an impact on the country charts. Florida Georgia Line wasn’t the only newcomer to have a breakout year, as Thomas Rhett placed at Number 15 on the Hot Country Songs Artists recap.
Elsewhere, Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl” leads the Country Airplay Songs recap while Rhett’s “It Goes Like This,” Easton Corbin’s “All Over the Road,” Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya” and Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” round out the top five. As previously noted, Florida Georgia leads the year-end Country Airplay Artists chart, followed by Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.
Led by the success of Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town, among others, Capitol Nashville is Number 1 on the year-end Top Country Albums Imprints chart, ahead of Big Machine, Republic Nashville, Warner Bros. and MCA Nashville.
Meanwhile, Capitol parent Universal Music Group (UMG) Nashville (with a roster that includes George Strait, Eric Church, Scotty McCreery, Gary Allan and Alan Jackson, in addition to the aforementioned Capitol Nashville artists) sits atop the Top Country Albums Labels tally. Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), Warner Music Nashville, Sony Music Nashville and Broken Bow Music Group round out the top five, respectively.
Universal is Number 1 on the Top Country Albums Distributors tally with 47 charted titles, followed by WEA, Sony Music and independents.
Republic Nashville, a joint venture between Republic Records and BMLG, made impressive inroads during the past year, and while Florida Georgia Line was a big part of that success, the label also benefited from strong performances from the Band Perry and Eli Young Band. Republic Nashville finishes 2013 at Number 1 on the Hot Country Songs Imprints and Hot Country Songs Labels charts. Both are firsts for the label, which beat out perennial powerhouse Capitol Nashville in both categories.
Capitol Nashville, meanwhile, took home the trophy atop the Top Country Albums Imprints chart, which combines performances by songs and albums. Parent UMG Nashville finishes at Number 1 on the year-end Top Country Albums Labels tally. Republic Nashville takes second place on the Top Country Imprints tally while parent BMLG places at Number 2 on the Top Country Labels tally.
Big Machine, Warner Bros., Atlantic, MCA Nashville, RCA Nashville, Broken Bow, Valory and Mercury round out the top 10 on the Top Country Imprints tally, respectively. The respective remainder of the Top Country Labels recap, following UMG Nashville and BMLG, shakes out thusly: Sony Music Nashville, Warner Music Nashville, Broken Bow Music Group, Curb, Show Dog-Universal, Universal Music Enterprises, Atlantic Group and Southern Ground.
Congratulations to the 2013 chart toppers! Here’s to a country strong 2014!
***Courtesy of Billboard.com***