Country music greets the new year of 2014 with some old names at the top of the Billboard charts.
Garth Brooks’ Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences occupies the No. 1 spot in the country albums sales lineup — as it has since it made its bow five weeks ago. And for the second week in a row, Florida Georgia Line’s “Stay” ranks as the most-played country song.
It’s worth noting here that Blame It All on My Roots has finally eclipsed Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas in sales, even though the latter album debuted four weeks earlier than the Brooks collection.
According to Nielsen SoundScan’s totals, Blame has sold 770,889 copies, compared to Duck’s 749,707.
There are no new albums on this week’s chart, but four older ones make comebacks: Chase Rice’s EP, Ready Set Roll (at No. 41), Brad Paisley’s Wheelhouse (No. 42), Pistol Annies’ Annie Up (No. 44) and Brett Eldredge’s Bring You Back (No. 48).
Two other albums registered a sizable boost in sales — and a corresponding escalation in chart positions. Justin Moore’s Off the Beaten Path jumps from No. 22 to No. 14 and has now racked up total sales of 224,301 units.
Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park rises from No. 26 to No. 20 and currently boasts 292,256 copies in circulation.
Two Christmas songs are the only new traffic on this week’s country airplay chart. Willie Robertson and Luke Bryan’s “Hairy Christmas” checks in at No. 45, and Kelly Clarkson’s “Silent Night,” with Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood, greets listeners at No. 51.
Bryan’s “Drink a Beer” remains at No. 10 in its ninth week out.
Brooks and Yearwood’s “The Call” tumbles from No. 51 to No. 56.
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Duck the Halls, Bryan’s Crash My Party, Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times and Lady Antebellum’s Golden.
There’s no change at all in the Top 5 songs. So, following in descending sequence behind “Stay,” we have Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night,” the Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie,” The Band Perry’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and Darius Rucker’s “Radio.”
Coming soon: Nielsen SoundScan’s annual summary of the past year’s sales numbers.