Keith Urban Captures Country Airplay Summit With “Break on Me”

Chris Stapleton's Traveller Travels Back to Top Album Spot

Keith Urban’s “Break on Me” makes a giant leap from No. 6 to the No. 1 niche on Billboard’s country airplay rankings after at 19-week slog while Chris Stapleton’s unstoppable Traveller bounces back into the top spot on this week’s country albums chart.

By the Nielsen SoundScan count, Traveller has sold 957,666 albums to date, which is within kissing distance of the platinum certification that comes with selling 1 million copies.

The week’s highest-debuting album is Sister Hazel’s Lighter in the Dark, which bows at No. 4.

The only other new album is Sam RiggsBreathless. It enters at No. 12.

Returning to the charts are George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (No. 46), Dustin Lynch’s Where It’s At (No. 49) and Tim McGraw’s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 50).

Three new songs make their grand entrances — Sam Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me” (No. 58), High Valley’s “Make You Mine” (No. 59) and Brooke Eden’s “Daddy’s Money” (No. 60).

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Joey + Rory’s Hymns (last week’s No. 1), Hunt’s Montevallo and Vince Gill’s Down to My Last Bad Habit.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Carrie Underwood’s ““Heartbeat,” Randy Houser’s “We Went,” the Zac Brown Band’s “Beautiful Drug” and Granger Smith’s “Backroad Song.”

Last week’s No. 1 song, Kelsea Ballerini’s “Dibs”, drops to No. 10.

No discernible jump yet from the Grammy Awards spectacular. What happened?

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