Florida Georgia Line Hits Album Peak

Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here" Captures Country Airplay Crown

After inching up Billboard’s country albums chart for 28 weeks, Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times has finally reached the top — just as summer arrives to reinforce the title’s theme.

On the country airplay chart, Blake Shelton’s “Boys ’Round Here” slides into No. 1 following a 12-week sprint.

The various-artists anthology Now That’s What I Call Country Volume 6: 18 Chart Topping Hits is this week’s highest-debuting album, coming in at No. 4. To reach that eminence, it initially sold 23,163 copies, by Nielsen SoundScan’s count.

The other new albums are Sturgill Simpson’s High Top Mountain (No. 47), Robin Meade’s Count on Me (No. 58) and Ash Bowers’ Shake It Off (No. 67).

Returning to the charts are Country: Keith Whitley (No. 56), Johnny Cash’s The Greatest: The Number Ones (No. 71), Old Crow Medicine Show’s Carry Me Back (No. 72), Country: Waylon Jennings (No. 73) and The Essential Alan Jackson (No. 74).

There are four new songs to log in: Toby Keith’s “Drinks After Work” (No. 26), Thompson Square’s “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About” (No. 50), Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” (No. 57) and Taylor Swift’s “Red” (No. 60).

Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” makes a comeback at No. 43.

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Darius Rucker’s True Believers, Shelton’s Based on a True Story (last week’s No. 1) and George Strait’s Love Is Everything.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs array, in descending order, are Jake Owen’s “Anywhere With You,” Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party,” Brad Paisley’s “Beat This Summer” and The Band Perry’s “Done.”

Last week’s No. 1 song, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift’s “Highway Don’t Care,” drops to No. 6.

Here’s a fond adieu to the incomparable Slim Whitman, who last charted in Billboard in 1981 with “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.”

During his 29-year chart presence, the bell-voiced crooner scored 27 singles, including the Top 5 “Indian Love Call,” “Keep It a Secret,” “Secret Love,” “Rose Marie” and “Singing Hills.”

Whitman died Wednesday (June 19) at the age of 89, still woefully ignored for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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