After a six-week residence at the top of Billboard’s country airplay chart, Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” surrenders that eminence to Luke Bryan’s “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Karen Fairchild. That song assumes the crown after a 14-week climb.
Albumwise, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller continues to reign, as it has for months past. According to Nielsen SoundScan, this package has now sold more than 800,000 copies. That’s some stylish travelling.
There are no new albums to announce this week, but four former tenants have come back to the charts. They are Reba’s Love Somebody (No. 32), Toby Keith’s 35 MPH Town (No. 46), Kip Moore’s Wild Ones (No. 49) and Alabama’s Southern Drawl (No. 50).
Tim McGraw’s Damn Country Music takes a big leap — from No. 19 to No. 10.
We hear four new songs. Rhett’s “T-Shirt” enjoys the week’s highest debut, skimming in at No. 53, followed by Jordan Rager’s “Southern Boy” with Jason Aldean at No. 57, LoCash’s “I Know Somebody” at No. 59 and Drew Baldridge’s “Dance With Ya” at No. 60.
The next big splash of chart activity should follow the Grammy Awards show on Feb. 15. Will Traveller cop album of the year prize? Will Sam Hunt win as best new artist?
Is there no end to these rhetorical questions?