Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach” Surfaces at No. 1

And, Yes, Chris Stapleton's Traveller Is Still the Premier Album

Dierks Bentley has risen to the top of Billboard’s country airplay chart with “Somewhere on a Beach” concluding a 16-week ascent.

This is Bentley’s 14th No. 1 single.

Over in albums territory, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller continues to occupy the penthouse. By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, Traveller has now sold 1.277,350 units.

The week’s highest-debuting album is Martina McBride’s Reckless, which enters at No. 2 on initial sales of 15,574 copies.

The only other album debuting is Lonestar’s Never Enders. It rolls in at No.48.

Returning albums include the eponymous Michael Ray (back at No. 46), Tim McGraw’s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 47), Sam Hunt‘s Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape (No. 49) and the self-titled EP William Michael Morgan (No. 50).

Cole Swindell’s “Middle of a Memory” is the top debuting new song, arriving at No. 34. Also new are Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice’s “A Little More Love” (No. 39), Chris Janson’s “Holdin’ Her” (No. 58) and Parmalee’s “Roots” (No. 59).

The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Joey + Rory’s Hymns, Sturgill Simpson’s Sailor’s Guide to Earth and Hunt’s Montevallo.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs array are Chris Young and Cassadee Pope‘s “Think of You” (last week’s No. 1), Old Dominion’s “Snapback,” Dustin Lynch’s “Mind Reader” and Blake Shelton’s “Came Here to Forget.”

Memo to traditional country diehards: The International Country Music Conference will hold its annual meeting May 25-28 at Nashville’s Belmont University. A more zealous assemblage of guitar-maddened college profs you’ll never see or hear.

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