Blake Shelton Tops Album List With Bringing Back the Sunshine

Luke Bryan Rides "Roller Coaster" Into First Place

Who knew it was prophetic when they decided to call Blake Shelton’s new album Bringing Back the Sunshine?

This week, the project did just that, debuting at the summit of both Billboard’s country albums chart and its Billboard 200 all-genres rankings.

By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, Bringing Back the Sunshine sold 100,554 copies its first week out.

Lady Antebellum’s 747 lands at No. 2 on sales of 73,944 units.

And after a 16-week ride, Luke Bryan’s “Roller Coaster” arrives at No. 1 on the country airplay chart.

Other albums making their first appearances this week are Marty Stuart’s Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (No. 24), Alabama’s Alabama & Friends: At the Ryman (No. 29), Lady Antebellum’s Golden/Own the Town/Need You Now/Lady Antebellum (No. 43) and Moonshine Bandits’ EP, Rebels on the Run (No. 49).

Returning to the albums chart is Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Amazing Grace: 14 Treasured Hymns (No. 27).

The week’s new songs are Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” (No. 17), The Band Perry’s “Gentle on My Mind” (No. 54 — and, yes, this is a cover of the John Hartford classic that boosted Glen Campbell to stardom in 1967).

Also, the Railers’ “Kinda Dig the Feeling” (No. 58), Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” (No. 59) and Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It” (No. 60).

The No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in descending order, are Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival (last week’s No. 1), George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium and Tim McGraw’s Sundown Heaven Town.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs cluster are Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt,” Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down,” Cole Swindell’s “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” (last week’s No. 1) and Chase Rice’s “Ready Set Roll.”

With that, the Numbers Shop is closed for the week.

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