Thomas Rhett Single Scores Third Week at No. 1, Luke Bryan Again Has Top Album

Brandy Clark's 12 Stories, Eric Church's "The Outsiders" Have Highest Debuts

Thomas Rhett ’s “It Goes Like This” is America’s most played country song for the third straight week, while Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party bounces back into the No. 1 album slot, according to Billboard magazine.

Barreling in as the top-selling new album is Brandy Clark’s roundly praised 12 Stories. It enters the field at No. 28 on Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 2,089 copies. The only other first-time CD is Ty Herndon’s Lies I Told Myself, which comes aboard at No. 75.

Four albums return to the chart this week: Granger Smith’s Dirt Road Driveway (No. 67), Country: Waylon Jennings (No. 70), Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott’s Memories and Moments (No. 72) and Steve Earle & the Dukes & Duchesses’ Low Highway (No. 73).

There are five freshman songs. Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” enjoys the highest debut of the week, coming inside at No. 25. It’s followed by Justin Moore’s “Lettin’ the Night Roll” (No. 55), George Strait’s “I Got a New Car” (No. 56), Jason Aldean’s “When She Says Baby” (No. 58) and LoCash Cowboys’ “Best Seat in the House” (No. 60).

The unusually fast-rising “We Were Us,” by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, moves up from No. 9 to No. 7 in its eighth week out.

Completing the Top 5 albums cluster, in descending order, are Scotty McCreery’s See You Tonight (last week’s No. 1), Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times, Willie Nelson’s To All the Girls … and Cassadee Pope’s Frame by Frame.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs 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.”

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