This is Luke Bryan’s week to howl as his summer-saturated Tailgates & Tanlines sweeps to the summit of Billboard’s country albums chart, dislodging labelmate Eric Church’s Chief, which had held the top berth for the past two rating periods.
Boasting first-week sales of 145,295 copies, Tailgates & Tanlines also cops the No. 2 parking space on the Billboard 200 all-genres list.
Also making their initial bows on the albums chart are Kevin Fowler’s Chippin’ Away (No. 19) and Micky & the Motorcars’ Raise My Glass (No. 36).
Returning albums include the eponymous Nick 13 (No. 49) and Dierks Bentley’s Up on the Ridge (No. 73).
Highest charting among this week’s new songs is Danny Gokey’s “Second Hand Heart.” It lands at No. 48 and is trailed by Church’s “Drink in My Hand” (No. 57), Christian Kane’s “Let Me Go” (No. 58), Jason Aldean’s “Tattoos on This Town” (No. 59) and Margaret Durante’s “Maybe Tonight” (No. 60).
Rounding out the Top 5 songs, in descending order, are Bentley’s “Am I the Only One” and the Zac Brown Band’s “Knee Deep,” featuring Jimmy Buffett, along with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s “Remind Me” and Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).”
The prosecution rests.