Joey + Rory’s Hymns holds its perch on the summit of Billboard’s country albums chart for the second straight week. In its six weeks out, the collection has sold, by Nielsen SoundScan’s count, 220,291 copies — 44,060 this past week alone.
The Zac Brown Band’s “Beautiful Drug” moves up to crown the country airplay songs chart in its 28th week out.
Randy Houser’s Fired Up is the highest-debuting collection. It enters at No. 3 on sales of 21,471 units.
There are only two other new albums, both of them EPs — the self-titled Steve Moakler, coming aboard at No. 38, and Megan and Liz’s Deux, checking in at No. 39.
We spy three new songs — Kelsea Ballerini’s “Peter Pan” (No. 54), A Thousand Horses’ “Southernality” (No. 58) and Breaking Southwest’s “Ghost Town” (No. 60).
Brett Young’s “Sleep Without You” pops back onto the chart at No. 59.
The No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Loretta Lynn’s Full Circle and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo.
As of this week, the war horses Traveller and Montevallo have sold 1,049,818 and 1,078,007 copies, respectively. Break out the platinum plaques.
Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here,” Brett Eldredge’s “Drunk on Your Love,” Rascal Flatts’ “I Like the Sound of That” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession.”
Carrie Underwood’s “Heartbeat,” last week’s most-played country song, has tumbled to No. 6.
I guess we can safely conclude that the onset of spring was not a big sales factor. But you can bet that sunny summer songs will be popping up like wildflowers soon.