Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light,” Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt Top Charts

Highest Debuts Are Doobie’s Southbound, Luke Bryan’s “I See You”

In this first full week following the CMA Awards extravaganza, Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light” glows at the top of Billboard’s country airplay chart, while Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt bounces back as the No. 1 album.

It took “Neon Light” a mere 12 weeks to make its chart ascent.

Album sales went up a bit during the past week although it’s hard to tell whether the jump can be credited to the awards show, the onset of the giving season or a reconfiguration of the planets.
Anyway, Nielsen SoundScan reports last week’s country album sales amounted to 350,712 units, while this week’s total is 361,029.

Southbound, the new album by the Doobie Brothers — who performed twice on the awards show — is the week’s highest debuting album. Featuring an all-star cast of country artists, it bows in at No. 7 on first-week sales of 16,380 copies.

Also new are the multi-artist package, Christmas With Nashville (No. 23), the self-titled Maddie & Tae EP (No. 28) and John Denver’s All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection (No. 44).

Returning to the chart are Brett Eldredge’s Bring You Back (No. 37), George Strait’s Love Is Everything (No. 46) and Martina McBride’s Everlasting (No. 48).

There are three new songs: Luke Bryan’s “I See You” (No. 43), Dustin Lynch’s “Hell of a Night” (No. 58) and Chase Rice’s “Gonna Wanna Tonight” (No. 60).

Immediately following Aldean on the albums chart, in descending order, are Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes, Brantley Gilbert’s Just as I Am (zooming back from its No. 13 slot a week earlier), Sam Hunt’s Montevallo (last week’s No. 1) and Shelton’s Bringing Back the Sunshine.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine & Whiskey,” Little Big Town’s “Day Drinking,” Keith Urban’s “Somewhere in My Car” and Hunt’s “Leave the Night On” (last week’s No. 1).

“Gonna Wanna Tonight”? Ain’t love lyrical?

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