Keith Urban and Eric Church Duet to the Top With “Raise ‘Em Up”

Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde Is No. 1 Country Album Again

Keith Urban and Eric Church now stand on the summit of Billboard’s country airplay chart with their appropriately titled single, “Raise ‘Em Up.” It took ‘em 17 weeks to make the climb.

On the country albums chart, the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde racks up its second week on top. It was also No. 1 last week on the Billboard 200 all-genres list but has now slipped to No. 5 there.

Chris Stapleton boasts the highest-debuting album this week with Traveller. It swings in at No. 2 on Nielsen SoundScan reported sales of 27,032 copies.

A former member of the SteelDrivers bluegrass band, Stapleton has written such country hits as Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More,” George Strait’s “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright,” Josh Turner’s “Your Man,” Darius Rucker’s “Come Back Song” and Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer.”

There are three other first-timers: Granger Smith’s 4 x 4 (No. 6), Jon Langston’s Showtime EP (No. 26) and Jason Michael Carroll’s What Color Is Your Sky (No. 37).

Returning to duty is Trisha Yearwood’s PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit (No. 33).

Kid Rock’s “First Kiss” is the only new song, bowing at No. 59.
Ashley Monroe’s “On to Something Good” comes back at No. 58 and Waterloo Revival’s “Hit the Road” at No. 60.

The No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Reba’s Love Somebody, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Tyler Farr’s Suffer in Peace.

Bunching up directly behind “Raise ‘Em Up” are Farr’s “A Guy Walks Into a Bar,” Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Sippin’ on Fire.”

Last week’s No. 1 song, Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do,” has moved downstairs to No. 6.

Those of you who find your fascination with country music tugging you toward serious scholarship may want to check out the goings on at the International Country Music Conference, May 21-23, at Nashville’s Belmont University.

There you will hear such learned discourses as “I Wanna Be a Cowboy, Baby: Kid Rock’s Journey Into Redneck Paradise,” “Stand Up to Your Man: The Feminist Stance of Loretta Lynn” and “Sturgill Simpson’s Wayback Machine.”

And there’ll be door prizes.

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