Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller Smokes the Charts

"Break Up With Him" Gives Old Dominion First No. 1

There’s no doubt she’s smokin’.

Carrie Underwood, the “Smoke Break” lady, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart this week with her latest sonic anthology, Storyteller.

Randee St. Nicholas

By Neilsen Soundscan’s calculation, Storyteller racked up first-week sales of 164,212 copies, a total sufficient to earn Underwood the No. 2 niche on the Billboard 200 all-genres list.

On the country airplay side, Old Dominion has moved to the top of the heap with its single “Break Up With Him.” It’s the five-man band’s first No. 1 song, and it took it 40 weeks to reach the summit.

Blake Shelton’s Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits arcs in right behind Underwood at No. 2 on sales of 32,749 units.

There are three other new albums: Sam Hunt’s Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape (No. 7), Jimmy Fortune’s Hits & Hymns (No. 10; Fortune is the former tenor of the Statler Brothers) and Colt Ford’s Answer to No One: The Colt Ford Classics (No. 14).

Returning to the charts are Tyler Farr’s Suffer In Peace (No. 46), Michael Ray’s Michael Ray (No. 49) and Luke Bryan’s Spring Break … Checkin’ Out (No. 50).

We count four new songs: Justin Moore’s riotously titled “You Look Like I Need a Drink” (No. 41), Chris Janson’s “Power of Positive Drinkin’” (No. 54), Luke Bryan’s “Home Alone Tonight,” featuring Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild (No. 55) and Lindsay Ell’s “By the Way” (No. 59).

The No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Bryan’s Kill The Lights, Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up and Don Henley’s Cass County. Sam Hunt’s tenacious Montevallo hangs in at No. 6.

Completing the Top 5 songs array are Cole Swindell’s “Let Me See Ya Girl,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes,” Underwood’s “Smoke Break” and Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over.”

The CMA Awards are tomorrow night (Nov. 4). Watch them or be prepared to turn in your country credentials.

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