Eric Church’s “Record Year” Is Week’s Most-Played Song

Big Smo Has Highest-Debuting Album With We the People

Somebody wake up the charts. They’re in a deep slumber.

About the only excitement lies in the fact that Eric Church’s doleful “Record Year” now stands proudly atop Billboard’s country airplay chart after a 26-week crawl. This is Church’s fifth No. 1.

On the albums side, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller again reigns at No. 1 in sales. Its grand total, by Nielsen SoundScan’s count, is 1,487,002 copies in the 64th week of its release.

Big Smo’s We the People is the highest-debuting of this week’s two new albums. It comes aboard at No. 13 on sales of 3,408 units. The other newcomer is Mitch Rossell’s Raised by the Radio, which enters at No. 34.

Returning to the chart are Darius Rucker’s Southern Style (at No. 27), Mary Chapin Carpenter’s The Things That We Are Made Of (No. 35), Cassadee Pope’s Summer EP (No. 37), Jimmy Fortune’s Hits & Hymns (No, 43) and Loretta Lynn’s Hymns & Gospel Favorites (No. 48).

The only new song is Kenny Chesney and P!nk’s “Setting the World on Fire,” which bows at No. 22 and is not to be confused with Hank Williams’ “Settin’ The Woods On Fire” from 1952. Rucker’s “If I Told You” bounces back into action at No. 58.

Albums No. 2 through No. 5, in that order, are Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest, Steven Tyler’s We’re All Somebody From Somewhere (last week’s No. 1), Sam Hunt’s Montevallo Keith Urban’s Ripcord.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Chris Lane’s “Fix,” Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.” (last week’s No. 1), Jon Pardi’s “Head Over Boots” and Dan + Shay’s “From the Ground Up.”

No yawning please. We’ve had enough of that already.

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