Dan + Shay’s Where It All Began Tops Album Chart in Dynamic Debut

Blake Shelton Spends Second Week at No. 1 With "Doin' What She Likes"

It’s a deal of considerable bigness when your first CD debuts at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart. And that’s what’s happened with the duo Dan + Shay’s Where It All Began.

The album scored this rare win, according to Nielsen SoundScan’s tally, via first-week sales of 28,648 copies.

The duo’s first single, “19 You + Me,” currently stands at No. 11 after 26 weeks on Billboard’s country airplay chart.

And while we’re tossing laurels, skim one over to Blake Shelton as he racks up a second week at No. 1 with his lovey-dovey ballad, “Doin’ What She Likes.”

Besides Dan + Shay’s, the other new albums are Josh Thompson’s Turn It Up (No. 7), the various artists collection, Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard (No. 17), Hank Williams III’s Ramblin’ Man (No. 37) and the Infamous StringdustersLet It Go (No. 38).

Returning to the chart are the multi-artist package Now That’s What I Call Country Volume 6 (No. 43), the TV series soundtrack Nashville: Season 1: Volume 2 (No. 46) and Pistol AnniesAnnie Up (No. 48).

The newly charted songs include Brad Paisley’s “River Bank” (No. 29), Jason Aldean’s “This Nothin’ Town” (No. 55), Love and Theft’s “Night That You’ll Never Forget” (No. 56), Katie Armiger’s “Safe” (No. 57), Frankie Ballard ’s “Sunshine & Whiskey” (No. 59) and Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane” (No. 60).

Lining up behind Where It All Began in the Top 5 albums array, in descending order, are Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars (last week’s No. 1), Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party, Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times and Eric Church’s The Outsiders.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Randy Houser’s “Goodnight Kiss,” Jerrod Niemann’s “Drink to That All Night,” Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” and Church’s “Give Me Back My Hometown.”

There are plenty of new song titles this week to work into our title tales mashup. For instance: “This Is How We Roll/This Nothin’ Town,” “Night That You’ll Never Forget/I Don’t Dance” or “Us Again/Drunk on a Plane.”

Oh, the stories you could tell. So why don’t you?

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