Blake Shelton Dominates Country Albums and Airplay Charts

Two New Highwaymen Collections Are Among the Week's Bestsellers

It’s Blake Shelton’s world this week as both his new album (If I’m Honest)—and current single (“Came Here to Forget”) top Billboard’s country albums and country airplay charts.

According to Nielsen-SoundScan’s count, If I’m Honest sold 153,030 copies its first week out.

On an equally cheery note, “Came Here to Forget,” rolled into No. 1 after a mere 12-week journey.

All this Blake-o-mania has caused Shelton’s Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits collection to surge from No. 13 to No. 7.

Two repackagings of the Highwaymen recordings also enter the charts this week — the four-disc Live: American Outlaws at No. 16 and The Very Best of the Highwaymen at No. 26.

For those relatively new to country music, the Highwaymen were a supergroup made up of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. It coalesced in 1985 with a recording of Jimmy Webb’s mystical “Highwayman.” The song went No. 1 and earned a Grammy as best country song. Moreover, it launched the four as a touring act.

The only other new album is Adam Wakefield’s The Voice: The Complete Season 10 Collection. It bows at No. 28.

Marie Osmond’s Music Is Medicine returns to the chart at No. 50.

There are two new songs — Dierks Bentley’s “Different for Girls” featuring Elle King (No. 32) and Runaway Jane’s “Lipstick” (No. 59).

Easton Corbin’s “Are You With Me” returns to the sonic fray at No. 55.

Rounding out the Top 5 albums array, in descending order, are Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Keith Urban’s Ripcord (last week’s No. 1), Jennifer NettlesPlaying With Fire and are Cole Swindell’s You Should Be Here.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Old Dominion’s “Snapback,” Thomas Rhett’s “T-Shirt.” Luke Bryan’s “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” and Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind.”

Last week’s top single, Dustin Lynch’s “Mind Reader,” slips to No. 7.

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