It’s been a fast growing season for the Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown.” It now blossoms at the top of Billboard’s country airplay rankings after just 11 weeks on the chart.
Luke Bryan’s Spring Break … Checkin’ Out continues to be country music’s No. 1 bestselling album.
The big news, though, is album sales generated around the TV series Nashville.
This week’s highest-debuting album is the various artists collection Nashville: On the Record, Volume 2. It bows at No. 3 on Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 12,647 copies.
The other new albums are the various artists package 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards ZinePak (No. 4), Canaan Smith’s eponymous EP (No. 16) and Striking Matches’ Nothing but the Silence (No. 25).
Returning to the charts are the various artists’ Nashville: On the Record (No. 29) and the soundtracks The Music of Nashville: Season 3: Volume 1 (No. 30) and Nashville: Season 2: Volume 1 (No. 40).
Frankie Ballard’s Sunshine & Whiskey re-enters at No. 46.
There are three new songs: RaeLynn’s “For a Boy” (No. 58), Aaron Watson’s “That Look” (No. 59) and Logan Mize’s “Can’t Get Away From a Good Time” (No. 60).
Little Big Town’s much-steamed-about “Girl Crush” takes a sizable leap from No. 32 to No. 26.
The No. 2 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt.
Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Darius Rucker’s “Homegrown Honey”, Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes,” Hunt’s “Take Your Time” and Cole Swindell’s “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” (last week’s No. 1).
As tours get underway and awards shows crank up again, look for the charts to get a bit livelier. At least one can hope.