George Strait Cops Top Album Slot (Again)

Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel" Is No. 1 Song

In yet another demonstration of his unwavering appeal, George Strait rockets his latest album, Love Is Everything, to the very top of this week’s Billboard country albums chart.

Nielsen SoundScan pegs the record’s initial sales at 119,598 copies, a number sufficient to lodge it at No. 2 on Billboard’s all-genres list.

And there are more Strait achievements to note. Read on.

Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” moves into the No. 1 berth on the country airplay chart after a 20-week climb.

The remaining new albums are Trace AdkinsLove Will (No. 6), Jason Boland & The StragglersDark & Dirty Mile (No. 25) and Strait’s Sixty Number Ones (No. 54).

Coming back to the albums chart are Old Crow Medicine Show’s aptly named Carry Me Back (No. 69), Blackberry Smoke’s The Whippoorwill (No. 74) and Jamey Johnson’s Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran (No. 75).

There are three new songs: Keith Urban’s “Little Bit of Everything” (No. 30), Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here” (No. 54) and Adkins’ “Watch the World End,” featuring Colbie Caillat (No. 58).

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Lady Antebellum’s Golden (last week’s No. 1), Pistol AnniesAnnie Up, Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story and Kenny Chesney’s Life on a Rock.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs array are Strait’s “Give It All We Got Tonight,” Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On” and Shelton’s “Boys ’Round Here,” featuring Pistol Annies & Friends.

And while “Give It All We Got Tonight” is No. 2 on Billboard’s country airplay chart, the single did reach No. 1 on the Mediabase airplay list, giving him his 60th No. 1 career hit as reflected by all trade publications, including the competing Mediabase chart used by Country Aircheck and, previously, Radio & Records. The track is still showing upward momentum on Billboard’s airplay chart monitored by Nielsen BDS and is likely to become Strait’s latest Billboard No. 1 on Monday (May 27).

Strait’s record label, MCA Nashville, promoted the latest single as part of a “60 for 60” campaign. He celebrated his 61st birthday on May 18.

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