Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan Still Command Album and Singles Charts

In a Word, Song Titles Are Getting Brief

Brantley Gilbert’s Just as I Am posts its second week atop Billboard’s country albums chart, while Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again” logs in its third week as the most-played country song.

Jamie Lynn Spears’ The Journey EP is the highest-debuting album, bowing in at No. 24 on initial Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 2,087 copies.

The only other new album is Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ Our Year, which enters at No. 40.

Returning to the albums chart are Bryan’s Spring Break … Here to Party (No. 45), Eric Church’s 4 Album Collection (No. 47) and Frankie Ballard’s Sunshine & Whiskey (No. 50).

First-time songs are Sheryl Crow’s “Shotgun” (No. 53), Hunter Hayes“Tattoo” (No. 55) and Ryan Kinder’s “Kiss Me When I’m Down” (No. 59).

Bouncing back into action are David Fanning’s “Drink You Away” (No. 58) and Spears’ “How Could I Want More” (No. 60).

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Rascal FlattsRewind, Bryan’s Crash My Party, Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times and Church’s The Outsiders.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Brett Eldredge’s “Beat of the Music,” Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic,” Justin Moore’s “Lettin’ the Night Roll” and Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Bryan.

The last thing we want to be accused of is spotting trends, but we couldn’t help noticing that there are a dozen one-word titles on this week’s airplay chart, specifically, “Automatic,” “Beachin’,” “Chainsaw,” “Yeah,” “Dust,” “Bartender,” “Clockwork,” “Rum,” “Donkey,” “Famous,” “Shotgun” and “Tattoo.”

Nor are we oblivious to all the nocturnal yowlings, among them “Tonight, Tonight,” “Night That You’ll Never Forget,” “Best Night Ever,” “Kiss You Tonight,” “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “We Are Tonight” and “Let the Night Roll.”

OK, enough of that. Here are our title tales: “Automatic/Shotgun/Tattoo” and “Kiss Me While I’m Down/Feelin’ It.”

The possibilities are endless.

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