Dustin Lynch Links Third Straight Country Airplay No. 1 With ‘Mind Reader’


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Dustin Lynch‘s “Mind Reader” climbs 2-1 in its 34th week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated June 4), increasing by 6 percent to 48.2 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending May 22, according to Nielsen Music.

Written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, “Mind Reader” is the third single from Lynch’s second studio album, Where It’s At, and his third Country Airplay leader — all consecutively from the set — following “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep),” which topped the chart for two weeks beginning Sept. 27, 2014, and “Hell of a Night” (one week, Sept. 19, 2015).

“First of all, thanks to country radio for making another dream of mine come true and changing not only my life but also my band’s and crew’s lives,” Lynch tells Billboard. “We all live to make country music, and success is permitting us to do so.” As for what’s up next? “‘Mind Reader’ is my third No. 1 song in a row, so now it’s time for my third album. New music coming real soon.”

Lynch’s three consecutive leaders have fortified his standing among programmers. “‘Mind Reader’ is consistently one of our top-testing songs and has been for a while,” says KKBQ Houston PD Johnny Chiang. “I feel it’s a solid, right-down-the-middle type of song that’s sonically and lyrically appealing to a wide range of listeners. His music has provided a strong foundation our playlist. As he moves on to a new album, I hope that continues.”

On the multimetric Hot Country Songs chart, which incorporates airplay, sales and streaming, “Mind Reader” hits a new peak, rising 10-8. Along with its airplay gain, it remains at No. 18 on Country Streaming Songs (2 million U.S. streams, up 4 percent) and No. 25 on Country Digital Songs (12,000 sold, essentially even from the week before). The track has sold 236,000 downloads to date.

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