In its 58th week on the market, Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times stands proudly at No. 1 on Billboard’s country album chart.
That achievement is more than enough to crow about, but making life even rosier is the fact that the duo’s single, “Stay,” is enjoying its fourth week of residency atop the country airplay list.
The plaque shops are going to be working overtime for this act.
By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, Here’s to the Good Times has now sold 1,570,254 copies.
No albums debut this week, but four return to the charts: Brandy Clark’s 12 Stories (at No. 31), Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories, Volume II (No. 45), Luke Bryan’s 4 Album Collection (No. 47) and Aaron Lewis’ The Road (No. 50).
Defying the passing of seasons, the tenacious Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas hangs in at No. 26.
Rascal Flatts’ “Rewind” is the highest-charting new song, arriving at No. 28.
Rodney Atkins’ “Doin’ It Right” re-enters the competition at No. 57.
Oh, yes, Bryan’s vigilantly monitored “Drink a Beer” holds at No. 9 for the second week.
Lined up behind Here’s to the Good Times, in descending order, are Bryan’s Crash My Party, Garth Brooks’ Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story and Jason Aldean’s Night Train.
Ever alert to pointless trends, we note that an increasing number of country songs have one-word titles. In addition to “Stay,” “Radio,” “Rewind” and “Yeah,” all cited above, there’s Lady Antebellum’s “Compass” (No. 12), Little Big Town’s “Sober” (No. 36) and Will Hoge’s “Strong” (No. 50).
To which we say, “Cool.”