It’s looking like the old neighborhood these days as Keith Urban’s “Wasted Time” settles in for its second straight week at the summit of Billboard’s country airplay chart and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller returns to the No. 1 slot on the albums rankings, where it has spent most of its adult life.
Don’t even ask about new albums. There’s only one that crawls onto the chart this go-around. It’s the multi-artist compilation Country Hits of the ’80s & ’90s, which makes its debut at No 50 on first-week sales, by Nielsen SoundScan’s count, of 607 copies.
Several albums, however, have come back onto the charts, notably Randy Travis’ On the Other Hand: All the Number Ones (No. 14), Rhonda Vincent’s Christmas Time (No. 45, and, yeah, a holiday album returning to the chart in July puzzles us, too), Margo Price’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (No. 46). Also, Randy Houser’s Fired Up (No. 47) and Kip Moore’s Wild Ones (No. 49).
Last week’s top album, Jon Pardi’s California Sunrise, dips to No. 6.
Friends, this is simply not the time to reduce your album purchases. Do you want it on your conscience that record producers might have to drive around in economy cars and send their kids to public schools? Don’t think it can’t happen here.