In Second Week Out, George Strait’s New Album Hits No. 1

Brett Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind” Arrives as Most-Played Song

After debuting second to Don Henley’s triumphant Cass County last week, George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation rolls into first place this week. But then that’s no surprise. Can it really be a new George Strait album if it doesn’t eventually reach the top?

And there’s a fresh No. 1 on the country airplay charts, too. It’s Brett Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind,” which reaches the summit after a 25-week hoist.

We spot three new albums to toast: the Wood BrothersParadise, bowing at No. 12, Lauren Alaina’s self-titled EP (No. 28) and the Black LilliesHard to Please (No. 30).

The always resilient Oak Ridge Boys return to the charts at No. 47 with Rock of Ages: Hymns and Gospel Favorites.

Alas, there’s nary a new song to report. However, there are two re-entries: James Otto’s “Somewhere Tonight” (No. 59) and Lucy Angel’s “Crazy Too” (No. 69).

In our songs-to-watch department, we see that Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break” has highballed it to No. 8 in its 8th week out, and Strait’s “Cold Beer Conversation” — the song — has shot up from No. 49 to No. 40 in its 3rd week on the chart.

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order are Henley’s Cass County, Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up, Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo.

The No. 2 through No. 5 singles are Bryan’s “Strip It Down,” Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day” (last week’s No. 1), Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes” and Chase Rice’s “Gonna Wanna Tonight.”

Golly, gotta go.

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