Jake Owen’s American Love Debuts as Top Country Album in Banner Week

Chris Lane Scores First No. 1 Song With “Fix”

Finally we’ve got a week of chart action the executives on Music Row can cheer about.

Jake Owen’s American Love debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart with first-week sales of 29,408 copies, as measured by Nielsen SoundScan, while Hillary Scott & the Scott Family’s Love Remains bows at a strong No. 2 with 27,581 units sold.

This week, the Top 75 country albums sold 208,025 copies, compared to last week’s tepid 130,648.

Meanwhile, Chris Lane makes his first visit to the peak of the country airplay chart with his single “Fix,” which took an arduous 35 weeks to make the climb.

The other new albums are Lori McKenna’s The Bird & the Rifle (No. 19), Carter Winter’s The Whiskey in Me (No. 34) and the multi-artist package Country Faith Hymns:12 Songs of Faith From Today’s Leading Country Stars (No. 50).

Returning to the chart are Joey + Rory’s The Album Collection (No. 43) and Loretta Lynn’s Full Circle (No. 48).

The Band Perry has the week’s highest-debuting song, “Comeback Kid,” which enters at No. 39. The other newcomers are Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All,” featuring Tim McGraw (No. 51) and Mickey Guyton’s “Heartbreak Song” (No. 56).

The No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (last week’s No. 1) and Keith Urban’s Ripcord.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs cluster are Eric Church’s “Record Year” (last week’s No. 1), Jon Pardi’s “Head Over Boots,” Sam Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me” and Dan + Shay’s “From the Ground Up.”

Long a fan of mirthful song titles (my favorite being “Your Wife Is Cheatin’ on Us Again”), I have watched with great interest as Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need a Drink” inches its way up the chart.

I’m elated to report that this week — a mere 40 weeks after it debuted — it has arrived at No. 10. Way to go, JM, and hats off to composers Rodney Clawson, Matthew Dragstrem and Natalie Hemby.

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