Aaron Watson’s The Underdog Overachieves to Crown Albums Chart

Thomas Rhett’s “Make Me Wanna” Reigns as No. 1 Song

Texas fave Aaron Watson rockets to the summit of Billboard’s country albums chart this week with The Underdog. How’s that for irony? Nielsen SoundScan reports the package gained first-week sales of 26,340 copies.

And after an excruciating 30-week slog, Thomas Rhett’s “Make Me Wanna” becomes the most-played country song.

There are two other new titles within the Top 5 albums: Steve Earle & the Dukes’ Terraplane, selling 10,888 units to debut at No. 3, and the MavericksMono, which scanned 7,933 copies to score its No. 5 ranking.

Also first-timing is the soundtrack to Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. It enters at No. 20.

Returning to the chart at No. 37 is RaeLynn’s EP, Me.

The week’s highest debuting song is Eric Church’s “Like a Wrecking Ball” (No. 55). Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” bows at No. 58 and Dan + Shay’s “Nothin’ Like You” at No. 59.

The No. 2 and No. 4 albums, in that order, are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt.

Blackberry Smoke’s Holding All the Roses, last week’s chart-topping album, resides this week at No. 12.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Blake Shelton’s “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe, Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy,” Brett Eldredge’s “Mean to Me” and Aldean’s “Just Getting’ Started.”

Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze,” last week’s No. 1 song, has slipped to No. 6.

This week, most Music Row toilers migrated to downtown Nashville for Country Radio Seminar, there to backslap the folks who’ll decide which songs you’ll be hearing during the coming year. It’s always a bacchanal. So don’t be surprised if your DJ sounds groggy the next few days.

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