Dierks Bentley Tops Country Albums Chart for Fifth Time With Riser

Jason Aldean's "When She Says Baby" Is No. 1 Song for Third Week

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.

For the third week running, Jason Aldean’s “When She Says Baby” stands tall as the most-played country song.

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).

There are four new songs to report: Chuck Wicks’ “Us Again” (No. 45), Bryan’s “Play It Again” (No. 46), Eric Paslay’s “Song About a Girl” (No. 50) and Big & Rich’s “Look at You” (No. 54).

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.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Lady Antebellum’s “Compass,” Frankie Ballard ’s “Helluva Life,” Blake Shelton’s “Doin’ What She Likes” and Bentley’s “I Hold On.”

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.

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