Brett Eldredge’s Illinois Debuts as Best-Selling Country Album

Kenny Chesney Tops Songs Chart With "Save It for a Rainy Day"

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We’ve got two new chart toppers this week.

Brett Eldredge’s Illinois nudges Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights out of first place on Billboard’s country albums chart (where it reigned for five straight weeks), and Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day” leapfrogs Keith Urban’s “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” to seize the summit of the songs rankings.

By the official Neilsen-SoundScan count, Illinois sold 43,670 copies its first week — which was enough to also lodge it at No. 3 on Billboard’s all-genres chart.

“Save It for a Rainy Day” gallops into No. 1 after a relatively quick 14-week run.

There aren’t many new titles to report, only one other album and three first-time songs.

The Pete Scobell Band’s Walkin’ a Wire debuts at No. 46. Meanwhile, George Strait’s unsinkable The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium returns to action at No. 49.

Rascal Flatts’ “I Like the Sound of That” makes its bow at No. 40, followed by Scotty McCreery’s “Southern Belle” (No. 58) and Eric Church’s “Roller Coaster Ride” (No. 59).

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