Joey + Rory Score First No. 1 Album of Their Career With Hymns

“Dibs” Gives Kelsea Ballerini Her Second Ride to the Top

Rub your hands together briskly. The country music charts have two new No. 1s.

Joey + Rory’s Hymns debuts at the very top of Billboard’s country albums rankings, while Kelsea Ballerini’s “Dibs” slides into place as country radio’s most-played song.

This is Joey + Rory’s first No. 1 package and achieves that eminence on first-week sales of 68,341 copies, by Nielsen SoundScan’s reckoning.

The duo’s Joey Martin Feek is battling stage four cancer but has discontinued medical treatment. Her husband Rory Feek has kept fans updated via his blog, This Life I Live.

For Ballerini, this is the second No. 1 song, her first having been “Love Me Like You Mean It.” It took “Dibs” 34 weeks to climb to the top.

Vince Gill’s Down to My Last Bad Habit makes its grand entrance at No. 4.

Also hitting the albums chart for the first time are Wheeler Walker Jr.’s Redneck Shit (No. 9), the self-titled Wynonna & the Big Noise (No. 14), the equally self-titled EP Brett Young (No. 35) and Lorrie Morgan’s Letting Go … Slow (No.47).

Returning to battle are Kip Moore’s Wild Ones (back at No. 45) and the multi-artist collection Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years (No. 49).

There are three new songs: Brothers Osborne’s “21 Summer” (No. 57), Brett Young’s “Sleep Without You” (No. 58) and Clare Dunn’s “Tuxedo” (No. 59).

Lindsay Ell’s “By the Way” bounces back into play at No. 47.

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (vacating the No. 1 slot after a 10-week tenancy), Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller.

Rounding out Top 5 songs are Granger Smith’s “Backroad Song” (last week’s No. 1), Underwood’s “Heartbeat” , Luke Bryan’s “Home Alone Tonight” (featuring Karen Fairchild) and Randy Houser’s “We Went.”

Nashville is still waiting for that Grammy sales lightning to strike. Anybody seen it?

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