A Thousand Horses “Smoke” to Top of Country Chart

Zac Brown Band's Jekyll + Hyde Returns to No. 1 Niche

In its 21st week on the trail, A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke” arrives at No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart. It’s the band’s first top song.

After taking a brief break in the lower berths, the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde rebounds to again become the week’s bestselling country album.

The highest debut on the current albums chart is the LacsOutlaw in Me, which bows at No. 3 on Nielsen Soundscan-certified first-week sales of 14,260 copies.

New also are the Oak Ridge BoysRock of Ages: Hymns and Gospel Favorites (entering at No. 28) and John Anderson’s Goldmine (No. 36).

The re-entries include Jake Owen’s Days of Gold (back at No. 48), Blackberry Smoke’s Holding All the Roses (No. 49) and Old Dominion’s self-titled EP (No. 50).

There are three new songs: Owen’s “Real Life” (No. 29), Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over” (No. 45) and Darius Rucker’s “Southern Style” (No. 54).

Aaron Watson’s “That Look” returns at No. 57.

Last week’s highest-debuting song, Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up,” which rises from No. 19 to No. 18.

The No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Brantley Gilbert returns to that exalted position with Just as I Am: Platinum Edition (last week’s No. 1), Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Little Big Town’s Pain Killer (making its first foray into the Top 5).

Lining up directly behind “Smoke” are Florida Georgia Line’s “Sippin’ on Fire”, Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” (last week’s No. 1), Kenny Chesney’s “Wild Child” with Grace Potter and — sound the trumpets — Blake Shelton’s meteoric “Sangria,” the much-monitored rocket than launched only 11 weeks ago.

Has country music ever been as sensual — as obsessed with immediate joys of the flesh — as it is now? I don’t think so. But so what? I’m a big fan of sensuality. As long as I can work it in between naps.

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