It’s Darius Rucker’s turn on the mountain top this week as his Southern Style collection debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, the know-it-alls who gather such statistics, Southern Style sold 51,580 copies its first week out.
Meanwhile, the Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown” spends its second straight week at the crest of the country airplay rankings.
Arriving fresh as the No. 4 album is the multi-artist Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years. It initially sold 10,753 units.
The week’s only other new country album is Jon Wolfe’s Natural Man, which comes in at No. 25.
Returning to the chart are Tim McGraw’s Sundown Heaven Town (No. 19) and Alabama’s Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites (No. 34).
There are two new songs to report: Brothers Osborne’s “Stay a Little Longer” (No. 49) — not the Bob Wills classic — and Casey James’ “Fall Apart” (No. 59).
After dropping off for a spell, Sam Hunt’s “House Party” returns at No. 60.
In its third week out, Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” is still picking up speed, galloping this time around from No. 47 to No. 37. It debuted at No. 60.
The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums, in that order, areLuke Bryan’s Spring Break … Checkin’ Out (last week’s No. 1), Hunt’s Montevallo and Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt.
Parading in directly behind “Homegrown” are Hunt’s “Take Your Time,” Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes,” Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” and Lee Brice’s “Drinking Class.”
Set ‘em up for everybody!