Jennifer Nettles’ That Girl Debuts as No. 1 Album

Zac Brown Band's "Sweet Annie" Is Top Song

It’s a new day, buckaroos and buckarettes.

After holding solidly in place for ages, the Luke BryanGarth BrooksFlorida Georgia Line logjam has finally broken, and a trio of new titles now top the Billboard country albums chart.

Leading the way is Jennifer NettlesThat Girl, which sweeps into No. 1 on first-week sales of 54,091 copies, by Nielsen SoundScan’s count. Nettles, you may recall, is the louder half of Sugarland.

Arriving at No. 2, with a sales total of 18,566 units, is Rosanne Cash’s The River & the Thread, followed directly by Jon Pardi’s Write You a Song (17,050).

On the country airplay chart, the Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie” moves into the top spot, dislodging last week’s champ, Florida Georgia Line’s “Stay.”

The week’s other new albums are Cody Johnson’s Cowboy Like Me (No. 7), Home Free’s Crazy Life (No. 8) and Florida Georgia Line’s iTunes Session EP (No. 11).

A month past the holiday that spawned it, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas continues to chart. It’s at No. 26, where it was last week. Since that time, it’s sold an additional 2,776 copies to push its grand total to 751,067.

Returning to the chart are Charlie Worsham’s Rubberband (No. 33) and the soundtrack collection Nashville: The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 2 (No. 44).

There are two new songs. Claiming the highest debut is Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Bryan. It bows at No. 45.

Tim McGraw’s “Lookin’ for That Girl” comes on at No. 48.

Jamie Lynn Spears’ “How Could I Want More” re-enters the chart at No. 60.

The No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times (last week’s No. 1) and Bryan’s Crash My Party.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs array, in descending order, are The Band Perry’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” David Nail’s “Whatever She’s Got” (up from No. 7), Bryan’s “Drink a Beer” (up from No. 9) and Florida Georgia Line’s “Stay.”

Let us pause to catch our breath and ponder next week’s landscape.

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