The charts are churning this week with six new albums and three first-time songs coming aboard Billboard’s top country albums and country airplay charts, respectively.
Alabama’s Southern Drawl swings in at No. 2 as the highest debut. By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, the album sold 20,905 copies its first week out. Brett Eldredge’s Illinois, which debuted last week at No. 1, has slipped to No. 5, while Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, a reliable Top 5 seller since it entered the charts 48 weeks back, now sits at No. 6.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs, in descending order, are Keith Urban’s “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind,” Bryan’s “Strip It Down” (after just eight weeks on the charts) and Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes.”
Awards season is fast approaching. Listen carefully and you can hear the clink of trophies.