Kenny Chesney Lands a Big One With Welcome to the Fishbowl

Luke Bryan's "Drunk on You" Is Country's Top Song

If you have one of those applause apps on your smartphone, this would be a good time to push the button — and hold it.

That’s because Kenny Chesney has rocketed to the top of the Billboard country albums chart with Welcome to the Fishbowl via first-week sales of 193,453 copies, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan.

Impressive as those sales were, they earned Chesney only a second-place slot on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart. There he was beaten out by some chap named Bieber, whose first-week total was 374,264 units. A plague on that upstart!

Luke Bryan’s “Drunk on You” rolls in as the No. 1 country song, a victory that took him 20 weeks to achieve.

Apart from Chesney’s, there are two other new albums to note: Don WilliamsAnd So It Goes (No. 20) and the Grass Roots EP from Big Smo (No. 71). Big Smo? Quick! Time for a Google search!

Montgomery Gentry’s Rebels on the Run returns to the charts at No. 70, and Lyle Lovett’s Release Me comes back on at No. 73.

We count three new songs: Eric Church’s “Creepin'” (No. 54), Kip Moore’s “Beer Money” (No. 57) and Maggie Rose’s “I Ain’t Your Mama” (No. 59).

Filing in behind Welcome to the Fishbowl within the Top 5 albums group are Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, Alan Jackson’s Thirty Miles West, the various-artists anthology Now That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 5 and Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away, in that order.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are the Eli Young Band’s “Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” Brantley Gilbert’s “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” Church’s “Springsteen” (No. 1 for the two previous weeks) and Dierks Bentley’s “5-1-5-0.”

As you confront these viciously sunny days, remember that no one ever got heatstroke in a bar.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to