Let’s Hear It Once More for Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan

Charts Appear Stuck in Summer Doldrums

Did you see something move?

Well, it probably wasn’t this week’s country charts. Once again, it’s Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times and Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” topping the albums and country airplay rankings, respectively.

Compounding the sluggishness is the fact that there’s only one new album and three new songs to announce.

The debut CD is the multi-artist collection Mud Digger 4, which climbs aboard at No. 8.

Making comebacks, however, are Country: Willie Nelson (returning at No. 66), Mud Digger: Volume 3 (No. 68), Chris Cagle’s Back in the Saddle (No. 70), Johnny Cash’s The Greatest: The Number Ones (No. 72) and Craig Campbell’s Never Forget (No. 74).

First-time-appearing songs include the Henningsens’ “I Miss You” (No. 54), Jake Owen’s “Summer Jam,” featuring Florida Georgia Line (No. 57) and Lauren Alaina’s “Barefoot and Buckwild” (No. 58).

The No. 2 through No. 4 albums, in that order, are Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story, Darius Rucker’s True Believers, Hunter Hayes and the various-artists grab bag, Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 6.

Completing the Top 5 songs cluster are The Band Perry’s “Done,” the Zac Brown Band’s “Jump Right In,” Kip Moore’s “Hey Pretty Girl” and Brad Paisley’s “Beat This Summer.”

OK. Can you please crank up the air conditioning?

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