Brad Paisley’s Wheelhouse Rolls In as Top Country Album

Lady Antebellum Arrive Uptown With "Downtown"

Despite massive publicity about the “Accidental Racist” album cut, the hoopla did not translate into blockbuster first-week sales for Brad Paisley’s Wheelhouse.

Even so, the album debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart and at No. 2 on the magazine’s all-genres ranking.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Wheelhouse sold 100,441 copies its first week out, Paisley’s lowest debut number for a “non-instrumental studio album since 2003,” Billboard reports. (That was the year Mud on the Tires was released.)

On the country airplay chart, Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown” arrives at the top after a 12-week climb.

Eric Church’s Caught in the Act: Live makes its bow as the No. 3 album with first-week sales of 61,439 units.

The only other new album is Chuck WicksRough EP, which enters at No. 21.

Returning albums are Vince Gill’s Ballads (No. 56) and Jake Owen’s Endless Summer EP (No. 65).

There are four new songs to note: Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy” (No. 24), Lennon & Maisy’s “Ho Hey” (No. 57), Drake White’s “The Simple Life” (No. 58) and Casey James’ “The Good Life” (No. 60).

Albums No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5, in that order, are Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story, The Band Perry’s Pioneer (last week’s No. 1) and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times.

Comprising the No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Thompson Square’s “If I Didn’t Have You,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Chris Young’s “I Can Take It From Here” and Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” (last week’s No. 1).

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