Randy Houser’s “We Went” Tops Country Airplay Chart

Chuck Wicks, Jake Owen Claim Week’s Highest Debuts

Randy Houser claims bragging rights to this week’s top song on Billboard’s country airplay charts with his tersely titled “We Went.” The song made its debut 40 weeks back.

And to the surprise of no one who witnessed its miraculous late blossoming, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller remains country music’s No. 1 album in its 43rd week on the chart. By Nielsen SoundScan’s most recent reckoning, Traveller has sold 991,656 copies.

There’s not a lot of new music bubbling under this week, only two new albums and three new songs.

The freshmen albums are Chuck WicksTurning Point, which enters at No. 12, and Soul Circus CowboysTailgate Country, arriving at No. 45.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s Django and Jimmie pops back at No. 50.

Deserving particular applause is Old Dominion. The group’s Meat and Candy album rockets from No. 20 to No. 3 this week. Last week, the collection sold 2,317 units, this week 10.193. Any guesses as to what caused the big boost? We’re fresh out of theories.

Jake Owen scores the week’s highest-debuting song. His “American Country Love Song” rolls in at No. 33. The other newcomers are Martina McBride’s “Reckless” (No. 53) and Granger Smith’s “If the Boot Fits” (No. 59).

Joey + Rory’s album Hymns held its place at No. 2 during the week that Joey Martin Feek died after her prolonged struggle with cancer. And the duo’s Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage rose during the same period from No. 40 to No. 31.

The No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs, also in descending order, are Carrie Underwood’s ““Heartbeat,” the Zac Brown Band’s “Beautiful Drug,” Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” and Brett Eldredge’s “Drunk on Your Love.”

In our Them-That-Has-Gets Department, we notice that Ashley Gorley, ASCAP’s 2014 songwriter of the year, has co-writing credits on six charted songs this week, more than any other composer. They are Underwood’s and Swindell’s Top 5 strivers, plus Owen’s “American Country Love Song,” Chase Bryant’s “Little Bit of You,” Lee Brice’s “That Don’t Sound Like You” and Thomas Rhett’s “T-Shirt.

Ross Copperman is right on Gorley’s heels with songwriter credits on five charters.

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