Blake Shelton Racks Up Another No. 1 Song With “Gonna”

Chris Stapleton's Traveller Is Again Week's Top Country Album

Neither the onset of Christmas nor the recently-announced Grammy nominations has done much to stir up the charts this week.

Blake Shelton, however, has scored another No. 1 — his 20th — with “Gonna. It arrives at that hallowed point after a 21-week climb.

And Chris Stapleton’s Traveller has snapped back to the top of Billboard’s country albums rankings.

Two albums make their first chart appearance — Jessie James Decker’s EP, This Christmas, bows at No. 16, and the soundtrack collection, Nashville: The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 1, enters one notch below at No. 17.

Joey + Rory’s Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage returns to the chart at No. 43, possibly propelled there by the wife-and-husband’s nomination for a best country duo or group performance Grammy for “If I Needed You,” a cut from the album.

Also re-entering is Shelton’s Bringing Back the Sunshine at No. 48.

And there are two new songs, as well — Chris Lane’s “Fix” (arriving at No. 50) and Drake White’s “Livin’ the Dream” (No. 57).

Toby Keith’s “Beautiful Stranger” returns at No. 59.

Directly following Shelton’s “Gonna” within the Top 5 songs group are Jason Aldean’s “Gonna Know We Were Here,” Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man,” Cam’s “Burning House” and Tim McGraw’s “Top of the World,” in that order.

Last week’s No. 1 song, Dan + Shay’s “Nothin’ Like You,” slips to No. 9.

Completing the Top 5 albums array are Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller last week’s No. 1), Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights, Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood and Shelton’s Reloaded:20 #1 Hits.

‘Tis the season for numbers. There are six holiday albums on this week’s chart, the highest-ranking one being the multi-artist Now That’s What I Call Country Christmas. It purrs contentedly at No. 8. By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, it has sold 36,058 copies in its eight weeks of chart life. Santa’s getting stingy this year.

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