Scotty McCreery Soars In With Top Album, Thomas Rhett Still Has Prime Song

Elvis Scores Year's First-Charted Christmas Collection

Three new albums splash into the Top 5 list this week, led by Scotty McCreery’s See You Tonight, which explodes at No. 1 on Nielsen SoundScan-certified sales of 52,240 copies.

Arriving at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, are Willie Nelson’s To All the Girls … (with 42,622 units sold) and Chase Rice’s EP, Ready to Roll (16,903).

For the second week in a row, Thomas Rhett ’s “It Goes Like This” occupies the top perch on Billboard’s country airplay roost.

Also new to the albums list are Will Hoge’s Never Give In (No. 23), Bubba Sparxxx’ Pain Management (No. 40) and — ring those jingle bells, please — Elvis Presley’s Merry Christmas … Love Elvis (No. 61).

Returning to the chart at No. 74 is The Statler BrothersBest From the Farewell Concert.

Two songs make their debut this time around: Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” (No. 56) and Rodney Atkins’ “Doin’ It Right” (No. 59).

In our vigilantly monitored department, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s “We Were Us” tiptoes from No. 10 to No. 9 in its seventh week out of the chute.

The No. 3 and No. 5 albums are Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party and Cassadee Pope’s Frame by Frame (last week’s No. 1).

Rounding out the Top 5 songs, in descending order, are Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night,” Tim McGraw’s “Southern Girl,” Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” and Chris Young’s “Aw Naw.”

Now that we’ve seen the year’s first Christmas album chart, any guesses on who’ll chart the first holiday song? And will that lyrical juggernaut Dallas Davidson have written it? Stay tuned.

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