What we have here is a Chris-and-Chris dominance of Billboard’s country charts.
Highlighting an 18-week journey up the charts, Chris Young and Cassadee Pope now top the country airplay rankings with “Think of You.”
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And in a similarly victorious vein, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller resumes its primacy on the country albums chart after having dropped to second place last week.
To date, Traveller has sold 1,252,482 copies, by Nielsen SoundScan’s count.
This is not a banner week for country music. Only two new albums surface and just three new songs.
Josh Kelley’s New Lane Road enjoys the highest debut, and Sundy Best’s It Is So Good Live bows at No. 49.
Returning to the chart are Dustin Lynch’s Where It’s At (No. 33), George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation (No. 41), Jimmy Fortune’s Hits & Hymns (No. 47) and Tyler Farr’s Suffer in Peace (No. 50).
The first-time charting songs are Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.” (No. 26), Stapleton’s “Parachute” (No. 57) and Easton Corbin’s “Are You Mine” (No. 59).
Following Stapleton within the Top 5 albums grouping, in descending order, are Sturgill Simpson’s Sailor’s Guide to Earth (last week’s No. 1), Joey + Rory’s Hymns, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach,” Old Dominion’s “Snapback,” Lynch’s “Mind Reader” and Blake Shelton’s “Came Here to Forget.”
Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession,” last week’s No. 1 song, now stands at No. 7.