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?
We spot three new albums to toast: the Wood Brothers’ Paradise, bowing at No. 12, Lauren Alaina’s self-titled EP (No. 28) and the Black Lillies’ Hard 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.
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.