Eli Young Band Seizes No. 1 Album Niche With 10,000 Towns

Lady Antebellum's "Compass" Is Week's Most Played Country Song

It all adds up. Eli Young Band‘s 10,000 Towns equals a No. 1 debut on this week’s Billboard country albums chart. Nielsen SoundScan says the album sold 35,947 copies to seize that spot.

Simultaneously, Lady Antebellum‘s “Compass” moved north one level to top the country airplay songs ranking.

There are five other album debuts to note. David Nail‘s I’m a Fire rolls in at No. 3 on first-week sales of 23,434 units, followed by Kevin Fowler‘s How Country Are Ya? (No. 9), Sundy Best’s Bring Up the Sun (No. 11), Dallas Smith’s Tippin’ Point EP (No. 31) and Rascal FlattsRewind EP (No. 40).

Songs making their first appearances are Cole Swindell‘s “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” (No. 57) and Kelleigh Bannen‘s “Famous” (No. 60).

Returning to fight another day are Maggie Rose‘s “Looking Back Now” (back at No. 58) and Jennifer Nettles‘ “Me Without You” (No. 59).

The No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Eric Church‘s The Outsiders, Dierks Bentley‘s Riser (last week’s No. 1) and Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Party.

Parading in directly behind “Compass” on the songs list are Jason Aldean‘s “When She Says Baby” (last week’s No. 1), Bentley’s “I Hold On,” Frankie Ballard ‘s “Helluva Life” and Blake Shelton‘s “Doin’ What She Likes.”

For this edition of title tunes — in which the object is to link current song titles on the chart to suggest a larger storyline — we submit “I Hold On/Who I Am With You,” “Love is War/Sober,” “Look at You/Close Your Eyes” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight/Looking for That Girl.”

Puerile? You bet. Asinine? Without a doubt. But genius comes with a price tag.