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Dustin Lynch's 'Roads' Rules Country Airplay: 'I Can't Think of a Better Way to Kick Off 2020'

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Dustin Lynch's "Ridin' Roads" ascends 2-1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Jan. 11), increasing by 23% to 36.5 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen Music.

"I can't think of a better and stronger way to kick off 2020," Lynch tells Billboard of his seventh Country Airplay leader. "Shout-out to everyone who's been ridin' roads while cranking this one up. A No. 1 song is life-changing ... what a blessing. It feels like we are just getting started, too. We've been hard at work on our new tour and are ready to hit the road. Come celebrate with us this year!"

"Roads" is Lynch's second Country Airplay No. 1 as a writer, as he co-authored it with Zach Crowell and Ashley Gorley. It follows "Good Girl," which led the list dated Jan. 19, 2019, and which he penned with Andy Albert and Justin Ebach.

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The songs are the first two singles from Lynch's fourth full-length, Tullahoma, which Lynch and Crowell co-produced. Named for the Tennessee town in which Lynch grew up, the album is due Jan. 17.

Lynch's additional five Country Airplay No. 1s: "Small Town Boy," which led for four weeks starting in September 2017; "Seein' Red" (one week, February 2017); "Mind Reader" (one, June 2016); "Hell of a Night" (one, September 2015); and "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)" (two weeks, September-October 2014).

Lynch attained his first of eight Country Airplay top 10s with his debut hit, the No. 2-peaking "Cowboys and Angels," in 2012.

As "Roads" reaches the Country Airplay penthouse in its 41st week on the chart, Lynch completes his second-longest trip to No. 1. "Hell of a Night" ruled in its 44th frame.

On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-fueled Hot Country Songs chart, "Roads" rises 7-6 in its 43rd week, pulling in 5.6 million U.S. streams (up 22%) and 3,000 downloads sold (up 1%) in the week ending Jan. 2.

Lynch will kick off his headlining Stay Country tour on Jan. 30 in Detroit, with Travis Denning set to open most dates. Of the 15 stops that have been announced, other cities include Boston, Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

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