Keith Urban Wears Top Album Crown With Ripcord

New Debuts, Too, by Cole Swindell, Cyndi Lauper, Mary Chapin Carpenter

Keith Urban’s Ripcord bows at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart this week, achieving that stature on Nielsen SoundScan-calculated sales of 92.726 copies.

And for the second straight week, Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach” is the most-played country song.

Two other albums debut within the Top 5 — Cole Swindell’s You Should Be Here at No. 2 and Cyndi Lauper’s Detour at No. 4 on sales of 65.353 and 15,556, respectively.

Mary Chapin Carpenter rolls in at No. 8 with Things We Are Made Of. The only other new album is Ryan Beaver’s Rx, which enters at No.41.

Returning to battle are Wade Bowen’s Then Sings My Soul: Songs for My Mother (No. 31) and the soundtrack collection, Nashville: The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 1 (No. 43).

The best overall news is that album sales have really jumped. Last week, the Top 75 country albums sold a total of 173,420 copies. This week, the total soared to 319,839. Drinks for everybody!

There’s but one new song to acknowledge. And that’s Brad Paisley’s “Without a Fight,” featuring Demi Lovato, which enters at a sizzling No. 27.

Old Dominion’s “Beer Can in a Truck Bed” re-enters at No. 59.

The No. 3 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Joey + Rory’s Hymns.

Parading in directly behind “Somewhere on a Beach” in the Top 5 songs array are Dustin Lynch’s “Mind Reader,” Old Dominion’s “Snapback,” Chris Young and Cassadee Pope’s “Think of You” (last week’s No. 1), Dustin Lynch’s and Blake Shelton’s “Came Here to Forget.”

May we have another week like this, please?

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