Jon Pardi Scores First No. 1 Album With California Sunrise

Keith Urban’s “Wasted Time” Is Week’s Most-Played Song

It’s great weather this week for Jon Pardi, who sees his California Sunrise debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart. This is Pardi’s first chart-topping collection and was propelled into the penthouse on first-week sales of 23,708 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan’s count.

Keith Urban’s “Wasted Time” clocks in as country radio’s most-played song, reaching that eminence after a 13-week spin.

The other new albums are LOCASH’s Fighters, dancing in at No. 14, Elizabeth Cook’s Exodus of Venus (No. 23), the self-titled Luke Bell (No. 47) and Dolly Shine’s Walkabout (No. 50).

Don Henley’s Cass County returns to action at No. 43, while Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s Django and Jimmie comes back on at No. 45.

After dropping to No. 23 last week, Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, a former No. 1, has bounced back to No. 13.

There are four new songs: Dustin Lynch’s “Seein’ Red” (No. 41), Maren Morris’ “80s Mercedes” (No. 53), Thompson Square’s “You Make It Look So Good” (No. 57) and Gary Allan’s “Do You Wish It Was Me?” (No. 60).

Cassadee Pope’s “Summer” re-enters at No. 56.

Rounding out the Top 5 albums cluster, in descending order, we have Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Urban’s Ripcord, Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest (last week’s No. 1) and the multi-artist package Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 9.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Jason Aldean’s “Lights Come On,” Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells,” Luke Bryan’s “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” (last week’s No. 1) and Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.”

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