Georgia Boys Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan Top This Week’s Charts

Ashley Monroe, David Nail Have Highest Album, Song Debuts

There are two new titles at the tops of Billboard’s country albums and country airplay charts this week, both by Georgia boys.

Alan Jackson’s Angels and Alcohol moves in as the No. 1 album (up from No. 2 last week), and Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up” claims its place as the primo song.

Like Blake Shelton’s “Sangria,” “Kick the Dust Up” has been an extraordinarily fast riser, zooming from debut to dominance in just 11 weeks.

Ashley Monroe’s The Blade is the week’s highest-debuting album, bowing in at No. 2 on first-week sales of 12,422 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The only other new album is Kasey ChambersBittersweet, which rolls in at No. 49. Dan + Shay’s Where It All Began re-enters at No. 44.

We count two new songs (David Nail’s “Night’s on Fire” at No. 53 and Jason Aldean’s “Gonna Know We Were Here” at No. 59) and one re-entry (Granger Smith’s “Backroad Song” at No. 57).

The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free (last week’s No. 1) and the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs cluster are Michael Ray’s “Kiss You in the Morning,” Frankie Ballard’s “Young and Crazy,” the Zac Brown Band’s “Loving You Easy” and Brantley Gilbert’s “One Hell of an Amen” (last week’s No. 1).

All you devotees of the dark will be happy to know that there are five songs currently on the chart with “night” in their titles. They are Aldean’s “Tonight Looks Good on You,” Dustin Lynch’s “Hell of a Night,” Chase Rice’s “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” Craig Campbell’s “Tomorrow Tonight” and the above-announced “Night’s on Fire.”

You’re welcome.

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