Brantley Gilbert’s Expanded Just as I Am Returns as No. 1 Country Album

Billy Currington’s "Don’t It" Crowns Song Chart

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.

Also new to the chart are Jon Pardi’s The B-Sides, 2011-2014 EP (No. 26), Whitey Morgan and the 78’s’ Sonic Ranch (No. 30), Logan Mize’s Pawn Shop Guitar EP (No. 32) and Jason Cassidy’s 717 (No. 40).

Returning titles include Granger Smith’s 4X4 (No. 39) and Asleep at the Wheel’s Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (No. 50).

There are only two new songs this week: Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up,” which enters at a lofty No. 19, and Hunter Hayes’ “21,” checking in at No. 32.

It’s worth pointing out that Dallas Davidson and Ashley Gorley are co-writers of both new songs.

Blake Shelton’s meteoric “Sangria” zooms from No. 10 to No. 7 in its 10th week of activity.

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde (last week’s No. 1), Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Reba’s Love Somebody.

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.”

Last week’s top song, Tyler Farr’s “A Guy Walks Into a Bar,” now reposes at No. 9.

Break out the sunscreen. The CMA Music Festival starts June 11.

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