Eric Church, Jason Aldean Top the Charts — Again

Cole Swindell and The Band Perry Have Highest Debuting Album, Song

Once again, Eric Church’s The Outsiders and Jason Aldean’s “When She Says Baby” top, respectively, Billboard’s country albums and country airplay charts.

But the coolest news is that Cole Swindell’s self-titled CD debuts at No. 2, one niche above his old boss and frat brother, Luke Bryan, whose mega-selling Crash My Party still holds at No. 3.

Swindell sold merchandise for Bryan while he was trying to get his big break musically. And it’s paid off here to the tune of 63,247 albums sold its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Some may recall that Martina McBride sold merch for Garth Brooks during her early dues-paying days.

There’s only one other new album to acknowledge — Clayton Anderson’s Right Where I Belong, which tips it hat at No. 50.

Returning to action are Home Free’s Crazy Life (No. 9) and Joey + Rory’s Inspired Songs of Faith & Family (No. 36).

Hold your applause while we announce four new songs: The Band Perry’s “Chainsaw” (No. 50), Gloriana’s “Best Night Ever” (No. 55), Maggie Rose’s “Looking Back Now” (No. 57) and the Swon Brothers’ “Later On” (No. 60).

The No. 4 and No. 5 albums this week, in this order, are Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times and Jennifer NettlesThat Girl.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Swindell’s “Chillin’ It,” Lady Antebellum’s “Compass,” Bryan’s “Drink a Beer” and Blake Shelton’s “Doin’ What She Likes.”

Let us now slap some names of songs together from the current chart to see what stories title tales can tell us.

How about “Get Me Some of That/Later On” or “Chainsaw/The Mona Lisa” or “Miss You/Trippin’ on Us”? One more? Well, OK. You know I just can’t refuse you anything. “I Don’t Dance/Sober.”

More flimsy whimsy, anon.

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