Kenny Chesney, Grace Potter Top Country Airplay Chart With “Wild Child”

Now That’s What I Call Country Anthology Bows at No. 1 on the Albums List

There’s a new champion on Billboard’s country airplay chart: Kenny Chesney’s “Wild Child” with Grace Potter. It’s been climbing the ladder for the past 21 weeks.

Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 8 debuts at the No. 1 spot this week on the country albums chart. The various-artists anthology arrived at that eminence, according to Nielsen SoundScan, by selling 19,206 copies its first week out.

The other new albums are A Thousand Horses’ Southernality, Montgomery Gentry’s Folks Like Us (No. 13) and Cam’s Welcome to Cam Country EP (No. 31).

Aaron Watson’s The Underdog returns to action at No. 50.

There are four new songs: Keith Urban’s intriguingly titled “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” (No. 26), Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes” (No. 50), Craig Campbell’s “Tomorrow Tonight” (No. 57) and Lee Brice’s “That Don’t Sound Like You” (No.59).

Albums No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5, in that order, are the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s Django and Jimmie (last week’s No. 1).

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It,” Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” (which debuted just 13 weeks ago), Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns” and Easton Corbin’s “Baby Be My Love Song.”

Last week’s No. 1 song, Florida Georgia Line’s “Sippin’ on Fire,” has now dropped to No. 6.

I’d be the last guy on earth to suggest that country songs are taking a violent turn. I’m sure titles like “Riot,” “Crushin’ It,” “Crash and Burn,” “Like a Wrecking Ball,” “Young and Crazy” and “Kick the Dust Up” are just playful anomalies. Don’t you reckon?

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