Garth Brooks Back on Top With Man Against Machine

Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine & Whiskey” Is Week’s No. 1 Song

Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine wears Billboard’s country albums’ crown this week, debuting at the top on initial sales of 129,837 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That impressive total was not enough, however, to earn Brooks similar eminence on Billboard’s all-genres rankings, where Taylor Swift’s pop collection, 1989, continues to reign for its second week. There, Man Against Machine bows in at No. 4.

Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine & Whiskey” beams at No. 1 on the country airplay songs chart after a 33-week, inch-by-inch ascent.

The only other new album to report is the Zac Brown Band’s Greatest Hits So Far, which rolls in at No. 5.

Six albums have returned to the chart: Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Amazing Grace: 14 Treasured Hymns (No. 34), Country Hit Makers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1: Tribute to Garth Brooks (No. 36), LeAnn RimesOne Christmas, Chapter 1 EP (No. 37). Also Brooks’ Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences (No. 42), Home Free’s Crazy Life (No. 49) and Colt Ford’s Thanks for Listening (No. 50).

There are three new songs: Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe’s “Lonely Tonight” (No. 38), Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” (No. 56) and Brantley Gilbert’s “One Hell of an Amen” (No. 57) — not to be confused with Dustin Lynch’s “Hell of a Night,” which currently resides one floor up at No. 56.

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 albums, in that order, are George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (No. 16 last week), Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt (last week’s No. 1) and Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes.

Completing the Top 5 songs cluster are Keith Urban’s “Somewhere in My Car,” Little Big Town’s “Day Drinking,” Shelton’s “Neon Light” (last week’s No. 1) and Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song.”

Remember to buy lots of albums for holiday presents. How else can we keep partying in our pickups?

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