Adieu, Montevallo. At least for the moment.
After a continuous four-week residency atop Billboard’s country albums chart, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo has been dispossessed by Blackberry Smoke’s Holding All the Roses.
Similarly, Luke Bryan’s “I See You,” a two-week country airplay champ, has yielded that primacy to Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze,” which beams into No. 1 after a 19-week trek.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Holding All the Roses sold 19,049 copies its first week out.
The other new albums are Robert Earl Keen’s Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (checking in at No. 10) and Love and Theft’s Whiskey on My Breath (No. 26).
There are three returning albums: Rosanne Cash’s The River & the Thread (No. 38), Big & Rich’s Gravity (No. 46) and Trisha Yearwood’s PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit (No. 49).
Lend an ear to three new songs: Michael Ray’s “Kiss You in the Morning” (No. 54), Cam’s “My Mistake” (No. 58) and Waterloo Revival’s “Hit the Road” (No. 60).
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in descending order, are Montevallo, Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes and Miranda Lambert’s Platinum.
Trooping in behind “Sun Daze” on the songs chart are Thomas Rhett’s “Make Me Wanna,” Bryan’s “I See You,” Blake Shelton’s “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe, and Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy.”
We don’t know how much of it’s attributable to the recent torrent of Grammy publicity, but the top 75 country albums this week sold a total of 223,863 copies, a big jump from last week’s total of 157,962 units.
We’ll take our good luck where we find it.