Kenny Chesney Has America’s Top Country Song With “American Kids”

Miranda Lambert's Platinum Bounces Back to No. 1 Following Nine CMA Noms

At the end of a relatively brisk 12-week ascent, Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” now tops Billboard’s country airplay chart, making it the singer’s first No. 1 single to reach that prominence since “Come Over” reigned supreme in 2012.

On the country albums list, Miranda Lambert’s Platinum has vaulted to the No. 1 spot in the 14th week after its release. Last week, it was No. 7.

This good news follows the announcement that Lambert is now in the running for nine CMA Awards, the most of any artist this year.

There’s just one new album to take note of this week: Frank Foster’s Rhythm and Whiskey, which tiptoes in at No. 4 on Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 9,070 copies.

(Please don’t confuse this one with Frankie Ballard ’s Sunshine & Whiskey CD, which currently reposes at No. 34.)

Trace Adkins10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection returns to the chart at No. 40 (in spite of the anchoring weight to the title), while Martina McBride’s Everlasting comes back aboard at No. 49.

There are two new songs: Garth Brooks’ “People Loving People,” arriving at No. 19, and Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider,” waving hello at No. 51.

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Brad Paisley’s Moonshine in the Trunk (last week’s No. 1), Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party and Chase Rice’s Ignite the Night.

Completing the Top 5 songs cluster, we have Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender” (last week’s No. 1), Dustin Lynch’s “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep),” Bryan’s “Roller Coaster” and Cole Swindell’s “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight.”

For more interesting numbers, see your multiplication tables.

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