Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells” Tops Country Airplay Chart

Mark Chesnutt, Jason Aldean Have Week’s Highest Debuts

Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells” has moved up to No. 1 on the Billboard country airplay chart after a 16-week ascent. It is her 15th single to top the airplay chart.


Meanwhile, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller returns to the top of Billboard’s country albums chart for the umpteenth time, brushing aside Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest, which had dislodged Traveller from the peak the week before. Got that?

Anyway, by Nielsen Soundscan’s figuring, Traveller has sold 1,460,140 albums in its 62 weeks on the charts, while If I’m Honest is at 315,179 copies in the eighth week of its release.

From a strictly sales point of view, it’s been a bad week. Last week, the Top 75 country albums sold a total of 163,956 units. This week, that total drops to 132,619.

There are three new albums on the charts, with Mark Chesnutt’s Tradition Lives enjoying the highest debut. It comes aboard at No. 22 on sales of 1,803 units. Chesnutt’s last album to chart was Outlaw in 2010,

The other two first-timers are Kree Harrison’s This Old Thing (No. 28) and Van Zant’s Red White & Blue (Live) (No. 39).

Returning to the chart are Wheeler Walker Jr.’s Redneck Shit (No. 46), Darius Rucker’s Southern Style (No. 49) and Kip Moore’s Wild Ones (No. 50).

We count five new songs, namely, Jason Aldean’s “A Little More Summertime” (No. 30), Tim McGraw’s “How I’ll Always Be” (No. 39), LANco’s “Long Live Tonight” (No. 57), Luke Bryan’s “Move” (No. 58) and Aaron Watson’s “Bluebonnets (Julia’s Song)” (No. 60).

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Shelton’s If I’m Honest, the multi-artist Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 9, Dierks Bentley’s Black and Keith Urban’s Ripcord.

Lining up directly behind “Church Bells” in the Top 5 songs cluster are Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.,” Aldean’s “Lights Come On” (last week’s No. 1), Eric Church’s “Record Year” and Chris Lane’s “Fix.”

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