With the rollout of Riser, Dierks Bentley tops Billboard’s country albums chart for the fifth time. (His other summit triumphs were Modern Day Drifter, Long Trip Alone, Feel That Fire and Home.)
First-week sales for Riser, according to Nielsen SoundScan, totaled 63,315 units, enough to earn Bentley the No. 6 spot on the Billboard 200 all-genres rankings.
Riser is the only new album debuting this week, but there are three returnees: the soundtrack collection Nashville: Season 1: Volume 2 (back at No. 48), Luke Bryan’s Spring Break … Here to Party (No. 49) and Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album (No. 50).
Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Eric Church’s The Outsiders (last week’s No. 1), the self-titled Cole Swindell, Bryan’s Crash My Party and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times.
And now the part of the show you’ve all been waiting for — title tales — the game that invites you to splice current song titles together to suggest a theme or story. Trust me, it’s a harmless undertaking.
My mashups are “Who I Am With You/Us Again,” “Look at You/Lookin’ for That Girl” and “Rewind/Play It Again.”
As the word “pathetic” goes ping-ponging through your brain, let’s just see what you can do.