Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Claim Album Crown With Django and Jimmie

After a Long Haul, Florida Georgia Line Drive "Sippin’ on Fire" to the Top

Alert the media: The old guys still rock!

Willie Nelson, 82, and Merle Haggard, 78, have the bestselling country album this week with Django and Jimmie, their buoyant tribute to their musical role models, Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 30,408 copies its first week out.

On the songs side of the equation, Florida Georgia Line’s “Sippin’ on Fire” reaches No. 1 at the end of a 19-week trek.

The other new albums and their chart ranks include Billy Currington’s Summer Forever (No. 3) Gloriana’s Three (No. 13), Kane Brown’s Closer EP (No. 22), Logan Brill’s Shuteye (No. 37) and Loretta Lynn’s Hymns & Gospel Favorites (No. 49).

Dailey & Vincent’s Alive! In Concert returns to action at No. 41.

Only two new songs rear their lyrical heads this week: Currington’s “Drinkin’ Town With a Football Problem” (No. 41) and Randy Houser’s “We Want” (No. 58).

The No. 2, No. 4 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 Brantley Gilbert’s Brantley Gilbert’s Just as I Am: Platinum Edition.

Following “Sippin’ on Fire” in the Top 5 songs cluster are Kenny Chesney’s “Wild Child” with Grace Potter, Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns,” Blake Shelton’s “Sangria,” and Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

Last week’s top song, A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke”, drops to No. 7.

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