Chart Chatter: Luke Bryan Back at the Top, Jerrod Niemann Stays There

New Songs in the Chute From Tim McGraw and Thompson Square

Sounds of festivity linger in the air.

Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party returns to the top of Billboard’s country albums chart 37 weeks after it made its debut there, while Jerrod Niemann’s “Drink to That All Night” holds fast to the No. 1 niche on the country airplay rankings for the second week in a row.

Maybe we’re still hearing echoes from the spring break crowd.

Entering at No. 5, Jessie James Decker’s EP, Comin’ Home, is the week’s highest-bowing new album. It achieves that eminence on first-round, Nielsen Soundscan-reported sales of 11,144 copies.

The other newcomers are the The Randy Rogers Band’s Homemade Tamales: Live at Floore’s (No. 11), the Secret SistersPut Your Needle Down (No. 18), Ray Price’s tender valedictory to his wife, Beauty Is … : The Final Sessions (No. 22) and Rodney Crowell’s Tarpaper Sky (No. 25).

Alan Jackson’s hymn collection, Precious Memories: Volume II, returns to combat at No. 41.

There are but two new songs to note — Tim McGraw’s “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” (No. 41), featuring Faith Hill, and Thompson Square’s “Testing the Water” (No. 60).

Making chart comebacks are Jamie Lynn Spears’ “How Could I Want More” (No. 55) and Kellie Pickler’s “Closer to Nowhere” (No. 59).

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 albums, in that order, are Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times, Eric Church’s The Outsiders and Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars.

Last week’s top album, Martina McBride’s Everlasting, slips to No. 6.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up,” Church’s “Give Me Back My Hometown,” Thomas Rhett ’s “Get Me Some of That” and Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Luke Bryan.

Blake Shelton’s “My Eyes,” featuring Gwen Sebastian, was last week’s highest-debuting song, clocking in then at No. 39. It has now moved up to No. 28.

Time to clap your hands and song titles together for his week’s round of title tales. Our tied-togethers are “Song About a Girl/Testing the Water” and “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s/You Sound Good to Me.”

And the crowd goes mild!

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