In its fourth week out, Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller breaks through the traffic to arrive at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart.
Meanwhile, Dan + Shay’s “Nothin’ Like You” achieves similar eminence on the country airplay rankings after a 42-week climb. It is the duo’s first No. 1 single.
Otherwise, the charts are pretty much marching in place — with only one new album and song moving in. Look for more activity next week as a result of the Grammy announcements.
This week’s newcomers are the Luke Combs EP, This One’s For You, which debuts at No. 36, and Charles Kelley’s “The Driver,” featuring Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay, pulling in at No. 60.
Although it’s new to the charts, “The Driver” just earned a Grammy nomination for best country duo or group performance.
Five albums make a chart comeback this week — Lee Brice’s I Don’t Dance (at No. 45), Darius Rucker’s Southern Style (No. 46), Home Free’s Country Evolution (No. 47), Luke Bryan’s Spring Break … Checkin’ Out (No. 48) and Alabama’s Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites (No. 49).
Hank Williams Jr.’s “Are You Ready For The Country?,” featuring Eric Church, returns to the airplay fray at No. 53.
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (last week’s No. 1), Blake Shelton’s Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits, Church’s Mr. Misunderstood and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo.
Traveller and Montevallo are both in the running for a best country album Grammy.
Completing the Top 5 songs array are Shelton’s “Gonna,” Jason Aldean’s “Gonna Know We Were Here,” Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over” (last week’s No. 1) and Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man,” which bounds into the top tier from No. 9.
Consider this your official Christmas shopping list. Music Row is counting on you.