Dolly Parton Bows at No. 1 With Pure & Simple

Sam Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me” Is Week’s Most-Played Country Song

Dolly Parton’s Pure & Simple debuts this week as Billboard’s No. 1 country album. It’s her first chart-topping collection in 25 years, her last having been Eagle When She Flies in 1991.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Pure & Simple sold 20,107 copies in its first sales cycle. Also debuting in the Top 5 albums array are Casey Donahew’s All Night Party (No. 3, with 11,452 copies sold) and Drake White’s Spark (No. 4 on 10,564 units).

Sam Hunt reigns on the country airplay songs chart with “Make You Miss Me.” It rolls into No. 1 in its 27th week.

The only other new album is Kiefer Sutherland’s Down in a Hole (No. 35).

Returning to action are Margo Price’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (back at No. 37) and Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle’s Colvin & Earle (No. 44).

There are four new songs¸ led by Carrie Underwood’s “Dirty Laundry” (No. 51) and followed by Chase Bryant’s “Room to Breathe” (No. 56), Eric Church’s “Kill a Word” featuring Rhiannon Giddens (No. 58) and Frankie Ballard’s “Cigarette” (No. 59).

Lauren Alaina’s “Road Less Traveled” catapults from its No. 57 debut slot last week to its current No. 28.

This week’s No. 2 and No. 5 albums, respectively, are Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Justin Moore’s Kinda Don’t Care (last week’s No. 1).

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Jake Owen’s “American Country Love Song,” Kelsea Ballerini’s “Peter Pan,” Dierks Bentley’s “Different for Girls” featuring Elle King and Dan + Shay’s “From the Ground Up,” (last week’s No. 1).

As fall approaches, you can almost smell the smoke from impending award shows.

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