Florida Georgia Line Set All-Time Chart Record With ‘Cruise’
Florida Georgia Line have broken another chart record. Billboard reports the hot newcomers have logged 22 weeks at No.1 on its Hot Country Songs chart with 'Cruise,' surpassing the previous all-time record of 21 weeks.
The new record is due, at least in part, to Billboard's new methodology in tabulating that chart, which took place last fall. Instead of only ranking songs according to a survey based entirely on a core of terrestrial radio stations, the numbers now take into account paid digital downloads, streaming data and an expanded radio panel.
'Cruise' spent three weeks at No. 1 last December on the Country Airplay chart. It was then re-issued in a remix featuring rapper Nelly, which led to pop and adult crossover airplay and a renewed sales burst, which in turn has driven the song's record Hot Country Songs chart run. According to Billboard, 'Cruise' has sold 5.4 million downloads to date, making it the third-best-selling country digital track in history.
Florida Georgia Line have now surpassed previous records held by Eddy Arnold with 'I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms),' Hank Snow's 'I'm Moving On,' and 'In the Jailhouse Now' by Webb Pierce. All three of those singles commanded the top spot for 21 weeks apiece.