Let the good times reign. Luke Bryan has now hoisted “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” to the top of Billboard’s country airplay chart after a 15-week pull. It’s his 14th No. 1 single.
His comic nemesis, Blake Shelton, is having a fine week, too. His latest project, If I’m Honest, has bounced back to the country albums summit, where it debuted four weeks ago.
There are six new albums to acknowledge, the best-selling of which is the multi-artist compilation, Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 9. It bows in at No. 3 on first-week sales of 15,489 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The other newbies are Brandy Clark’s Big Day in a Small Town (No. 8), Frankie Ballard’s El Rio (No. 9), Drew Baldridge’s Dirt on Us (No. 11), the self-titled Colvin & Earle (No. 13) and the Springs’ EP, Dance With Me (No. 42).
Jimmy Fortune’s Hits & Hymns re-enters at No. 31.
There is only one new song, Thomas Rhett’s “Vacation,” coming aboard at No. 45. Unless Billboard has made a massive typographical error, “Vacation” has 14 co-writers. Can’t wait to see that No. 1 party. It may take up a whole weekend to hand out all the plaques.
Runaway June’s “Lipstick” returns to the chart at No. 55.
Maren Morris’ Hero, last week’s No. 1, has slipped to No. 6.
Last week’s top song, Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” is also down to No. 6.