Taylor Swift’s Red Still Triumphant, but Florida Georgia Line Scores Big

Three of Top 5 Are Christmas Albums

Ring the bells and sound the trumpets for Florida Georgia Line . Although Taylor Swift keeps her hold on the peak of Billboard’s country albums chart, FGL’s single “Cruise” is spending its second week at No. 1 on the country airplay tally.

Just as juicy, FGL has both the highest debuting album and song of the week. The album, Here’s to the Good Times, bows in at No. 3, while the song “Get Your Shine On” tips its hat at No. 52.

There are no other new albums to herald, but Hank Williams Jr. ’s Old School New Rules returns at No. 75.

The other debuting songs are Blake Shelton ’s “Home” featuring Michael Bublé (No. 57), Sweetwater Rain’s “Starshine” (No. 58), Big & Rich ’s “Party Like Cowboys” (No. 59) and Train’s “Bruises” featuring Ashley Monroe (No. 60).

(Shelton’s original recording of “Home,” with Bublé on accompanying vocals, went No. 1 on the country charts in July 2008. The two paired up recently on The Voice TV show to sing an updated version.)

The No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, respectively, are Shelton’s Cheers, It’s Christmas, Lady Antebellum ’s On This Winter’s Night and Christmas With Scotty McCreery .

Rounding out the Top 5 songs cluster, in descending order, are Justin Moore ’s “Til My Last Day,” the Zac Brown Band ’s “Goodbye in Her Eyes,” Kip Moore ’s “Beer Money” and Greg Bates“Did It for the Girl.”

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