Brantley Gilbert’s Just as I Am tornadoes into the top spot on Billboard’s country albums chart on first-week sales of 211,288 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
This total puts Gilbert in second place on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart, just behind Coldplay, whose Ghost Stories CD debuts on the strength of 382,665 units sold.
And Luke Bryan can multiply his last week’s good tidings by two.
Let it be noted here long and loudly that “This Is How We Roll” is a Florida Georgia Line song on which Bryan is the featured vocalist.
The week’s other new albums include the multi-artist package Mud Digger: Volume 5, arriving at No. 8 and the anthology EP Outnumber Hunger: Help Feed Local Families Now (No. 32).
Also, Jake Worthington’s The Voice: The Complete Season 6 Collection (No. 36) and Hank Williams’ The Garden Spot Program, 1950 (No. 43). Stop for a moment and reflect here, folks. These Williams recordings are 64 years old!
Jason Aldean’s “This Nothin’ Town” re-enters at No. 60.
Following Gilbert’s Just as I Am within the Top 5 albums cluster are Rascal Flatts’ Rewind (last week’s No. 1), Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times, Bryan’s Crash My Party and Hunter Hayes’ Storyline, in that order.
Our title tale nominees: “Wanted Me Gone/Like a Cowboy,” “Kiss You Tonight/Cold One” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight/Somethin’ Bad.”
It could be worse.