Luke Bryan Returns to Album Peak, Aldean Has Top Song for Second Week

Alan Jackson, Gary Allan Have Top Album, Songs Debuts

In its eighth week on Billboard’s country albums chart, Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party rebounds to the No. 1 spot while Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” settles in for its second week atop the country airplay list.

Alas, there aren’t many albums (just two) or songs (only three) making their first chart appearances.

Longtime chart champ Alan Jackson twangs in at No. 3 with The Bluegrass Album on first-week sales of 21,768 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan’s count.

Jackson’s fellow Georgian, Bryan, has so far sold 983,252 units of Crash My Party.

Arriving at No. 52 is Neal McCoy’s Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride. The legendary Pride, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, gave McCoy his first big break by letting him open shows for him. Both men have racked up reputations as consummate entertainers.

The new songs are Gary Allan’s “It Ain’t the Whiskey” (bowing at No. 56), Jerrod Niemann’s “Drink to That All Night” (No. 59) and Brett Eldredge’s “Beat of the Music” (No. 60).

There’s a pronounced tip toward drinking songs — always a country standby — in this week’s songs chart. Besides the new alcoholic arrivals from Allan and Niemann, we also have Josh Thompson’s “Cold Beer With Your Name on It” (No. 46) and Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” (No. 20).

Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s fast-rising “We Were Us” jumps from No. 16 to No. 14 in just its fourth week out.

The No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Justin Moore’s Off the Beaten Path (last week’s No. 1), Keith Urban’s Fuse and Chris Young’s A.M.

Trailing directly behind “Night Train” in the Top 5 songs cluster are Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl,” Thomas Rhett ’s “It Goes Like This” (leapfrogging to No. 3 from No. 7), Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy” and Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night.”

Time now for a toast. It’s your call as to what.

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