Kenny Chesney Logs Top Album With The Big Revival

Cole Swindell's "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight" Is No. 1 Song

Hallelujah! Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival makes its rapturous debut this week at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart. It was borne aloft by first-week sales of 120,670 copies, Nielsen SoundScan testifies.

Cole Swindell’s prayers are answered, too, as his “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” arrives at No. 1 in country airplay heaven after devilishly slow 30-week ascension.

OK, enough with the ecclesiastic effluvium.

Three other new albums break the tape — stop me before I metaphor again: Big & Rich’s Gravity (No. 8), the Josh Abbott Band’s Tuesday Night EP (No. 12) and Lee Ann Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’ (No. 18).

Returning CDs include Joey + Rory’s Joey + Rory Inspired: Songs of Faith & Family (No. 32), the TV series soundtrack Nashville: Season 2: Volume 2 (No. 46), David Nail’s I’m a Fire (No. 47) and Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars (No. 50).

There are three new songs, as well: Chesney’s “Til It’s Gone” (bowing at No. 40), Jon Pardi’s “When I’ve Been Drinkin'” (No. 58) and Chris Lane ’s “Broken Windshield View” (No. 60).

Kelleigh Bannen’s “You Are What You Love” comes back on at No. 59.

The No. 2 through No. 1 albums, in that order, are Tim McGraw’s Sundown Heaven Town (last week’s No. 1), George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium, Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party and Lee Brice’s I Don’t Dance.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Bryan’s “Roller Coaster,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt,” Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” and Dustin Lynch’s “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)” (last week’s No. 1).

It’s October. So where are the Christmas albums?

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