Chart Winners Are Luke Bryan … and Luke Bryan

Toby Keith’s 35 MPH Town Is Week’s Highest Debuting Album

Luke Bryan wears two crowns this week as his Kill The Lights continues to top Billboard’s country albums chart, while his single, “Strip It Down,” moves in as the most-played country song, achieving that eminence after a rapid 11-week climb.

Toby Keith claims the highest-debuting-album title with his 35 MPH Town. It bows at No. 2 on Nielsen-SoundScan-confirmed sales of 18,671 copies.

Jana Kramer’s Thirty One enters the chart at No. 3 as a consequence of selling 17,771 units its first week out.

Also making their first appearances are Jason Boland and the StragglersSquelch (at No. 11), Josh Thompson’s Change: The Lost Record, Vol. 1 EP (No. 20) and Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone (No. 37).

Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine returns to the chart at No. 44. And the various artist package Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years is back at No. 50.

There are two new songs: Joe Nichols“Freaks Like Me” (No. 56) and Eric Paslay’s “High Class” (No. 57).

William Michael Morgan’s “I Met a Girl” pops back into the chart at No. 55, and Lauren Alaina’s “Next Boyfriend” resurfaces at No. 59.
The No. 4 and No. 5 albums, respectively, are Don Henley’s Cass County and George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation.

Sam Hunt’s durable Montevallo has slipped to No. 7 but can take considerable comfort in the fact that it has sold 790,411 copies during its 50 weeks out.

The other Top 5 songs, in descending order, are Chase Rice’s “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes,” Old Dominion’s “Break Up With Him” and Cole Swindell’s “Let Me See Ya Girl.”

Last week’s No. 1 song, Brett Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind,” has receded to No. 6.

Any bets on when the first Christmas song and album will chart? The tension is excruciating.

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