No changes at the top of this week’s Billboard’s country albums and airplay charts.
It’s the second consecutive week on the summit for Bryan’s tune and, by my count, the ninth for Traveller, whose penthouse tenancy was interrupted for a week in early December when Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller evicted it.
The Swon Brothers’ Timeless EP is the highest debuting of the week’s three new albums. The other first-timers are Aubrie Sellers’ New City Blues (No. 23) and Buddy Miller’s Buddy Miller & Friends: Cayamo: Sessions at Sea (No. 30).
Albums returning to chart action include Kane Brown’s Closer EP (back at No. 22), Alabama’s Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites (No. 44) and the multi-artist collection, The Sound of Today: Country (No. 49).
Church’s “Mr. Misunderstood,” which he introduced on the CMA Awards show, seems to have lost its momentum. During its 14 weeks on the chart, it peaked at No. 15 and has now dropped to No. 32.
The staying power of Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” is absolutely phenomenal. Usually, after a song ends its run at No. 1, it quickly drops off the chart. But despite its having been No. 1 for six weeks, it has so far spent two additional weeks in the Top 5.