Precisely a year after he first topped Billboard’s country albums chart with Just as I Am, Brantley Gilbert returns to that exalted position with Just as I Am: Platinum Edition, an amended configuration that features eight bonus tracks.
By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, this new version sold 28,223 copies its first week out — compared to the 3,346 units the original version moved last week. Is there a lesson here for other artists?
Trudging in at No. 1 on the country airplay chart — and ending a 31-week pilgrimage — is Billy Currington’s “Don’t It.” This is Currington’s ninth single to reach the summit of Billboard’s country airplay chart.
Kelsea Ballerini’s The First Time is the week’s highest-debuting country album, arriving at No. 4 on initial sales of 13,465 copies.
It’s worth pointing out that Dallas Davidson and Ashley Gorley are co-writers of both new songs.
Following “Don’t It” in the Top 5 songs segment are A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Sippin’ on Fire”, Kenny Chesney’s “Wild Child” with Grace Potter and Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns.”
Break out the sunscreen. The CMA Music Festival starts June 11.