Parmalee Scores First No. 1 Song With “Carolina”

Garth Brooks' Blame It All on My Roots Retains Album Supremacy

Raise a festive glass to Parmalee, whose “Carolina” hops from No. 3 to No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart after a 44-week trek. It’s the first sniff of rare air for the four-man combo.

As for Garth Brooks, he’s still got stats in high places.

Rack up week two at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart for Brooks’ Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences. Better news still, the collection also rose to No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 all-genres rankings via Nielsen SoundScan-certified sales of 146,267 copies. That ups the album’s 14-day total to 309,871 units.

New to the albums chart is Jake Owen’s Days of Gold, which debuts at No. 4.

Returning albums include Joey & Rory’s Inspired: Songs of Faith and Family (back at No. 37), Alabama’s The Classic Christmas Album (No. 46), Gary Allan’s Set You Free (No. 47), Monster Man’s Slower Than Christmas (No. 49) and Joe NicholsCrickets (No. 50).

Two new songs report for duty: “The South,” arriving at No. 58 from the Cadillac Three (featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli) and Jamie Lynn Spears’ “How Could I Want More” (No. 60).

Spears is Britney Spears’ younger sister.

“Drink a Beer,” whose chart health we’ve been monitoring since Luke Bryan performed the song on the recent CMA Awards telecast, checks in at No. 14 in its sixth week out.

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums are Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, Bryan’s Crash My Party and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times, in that order.

Lining up directly behind “Carolina” in the Top 5 songs array are Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s “We Were Us,” the Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night,” Joe Nichols“Sunny and 75” (last week’s No. 1) and Florida Georgia Line’s “Stay.”

Have you settled on your personal album of the year and your can’t-shake-it-from-my-head song? Tell us about them.

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