After five straight weeks atop Billboard’s country albums chart, Garth Brooks’ Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences loses the throne to a resurgent predecessor, Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party.
In the 22 weeks since it first bowed, Crash My Party has sold 1,563,801 copies, by Nielsen SoundScan’s count, while Blame It All has moved 795,560 units — and now sits at No. 2.
The year-end’s other big seller, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, slides to No. 12.
There are no new albums, but five older ones have returned to action:
Randy Houser’s How Country Feels (back at No. 45), Kenny Rogers’ You Can’t Make Old Friends (No. 46), the Lacs’ Keep It Redneck (No. 48), Joe Nichols’ Crickets (No. 49) and Granger Smith’s Dirt Road Driveway (No. 50).
Eric Church’s wistful and angry “Give Me Back My Hometown” is the week’s only new song. It pops in at No. 29.
LoCash Cowboys’ “Best Seat in the House” re-enters at No. 58.
Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night,” Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie,” The Band Perry’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and Darius Rucker’s “Radio.” These are the same positions they held last week.
Bryan’s “Drink a Beer,” which we’ve been shadowing since he debuted it on the CMA Awards show back in November, moves into the No. 9 slot after a 10-week pilgrimage.