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