Garth Brooks Reclaims Country Album Crown With Blame It All on My Roots

Joe Nichols' "Sunny and 75" Seizes Most-Played Song Status

As is his habit, Garth Brooks roars into the No. 1 niche on this week’s country albums chart with his multi-disc package Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influence. It simultaneously enters at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 all-genres rankings.

In selling, by Nielsen SoundScan’s count, 163,604 copies during its debut period, Blame It All on My Roots dislodges the previous week’s champ, Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, which slides into second place.

(Duck the Halls’ sales to date, by the way, are just shy of 400,000 units.)

And another familiar name returns to top Billboard’s country airplay charts — Joe Nichols“Sunny and 75.” It peaks after an arduous 31-week climb.

Apart from Brooks’, there are only two other new albums to report: Danielle Bradbery’s self-titled collection, which bows at No. 5, and Country Hit Makers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1: Tribute to Garth Brooks, which comes aboard at No. 46.

Four albums return to the fray: Luke Bryan’s Spring Break … Here to Party (No. 30), the soundtrack CD Nashville: Season 1: Volume 1 (No. 36), Pistol AnniesAnnie Up (No. 38) and Johnny Cash’s The Classic Christmas Album (No. 49).

Only one new song rears its head — Blackjack Billy’s “Get Some.” It debuts at No. 60.

The No. 3 and No. 4 albums this week, in that order, are Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times.

Rounding out the Top 5 most-played songs are Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s “We Were Us,” Parmalee’s “Carolina,” the Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” and Darius Rucker’s “Radio.”

OK, here’s the deal: You can buy meals for the homeless and help a few or purchase more albums and lift the fortunes of an entire industry. The choice is up to you.

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