Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights, Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day” Still Tops

Shade of the ‘80s: Alabama and George Strait Have Highest Debuting Album, Song

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.

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Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights pops back up as the No. 1 album, while Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day” spends its second consecutive week as the most-played country song.

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.

Turnpike Troubadours’ self-titled collection arrives at No. 3, and Home Free’s Country Evoluton registers at No. 4.

The remaining new albums are Clare Dunn’s Clare Dunn EP (No. 31), Leigh Nash’s The State I’m In (No. 39) and Joe Ely’s Panhandle Rambler (No. 43).

Songs checking in include George Strait’s “Cold Beer Conversation” (No. 35), Thomas Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man” (No. 41) and William Michael Morgan’s “I Met a Girl” (No. 60).


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.”

Chris Janson’s valiant “Buy Me a Boat” peaked at No. 3 last week and is now anchored at No. 9.

Awards season is fast approaching. Listen carefully and you can hear the clink of trophies.

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