Florida Georgia Line Crowns Album Chart With Dig Your Roots

Jake Owen’s “American Country Love Song” Is Week’s Most-Played Single

Florida Georgia Line tops Billboard’s country albums chart this week with the debut of Dig Your Roots. It’s the duo’s third or the third consecutive No. 1 album.

By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, that package sold 125,747 copies its first week out — enough to also earn it the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 all-genres rankings. (They were edged out of the top spot by the debut of Barbra Streisand’s Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.)

On the songs side, Jake Owen’s “American Country Love Song” arrives at the No. 1 berth on the country airplay list after a 27-week pilgrimage. It’s Owen’s sixth chart-crowner.

But here’s the real big news: We have our first charting holiday collection with Reba’s My Kind of Christmas bowing at No. 27. And we’re just entering September!

The only other new album his week is Jack Ingram’s Midnight Motel, which checks in at No. 24.

Returning to the chart are two albums by the Highwaymen (the ad hoc group comprising Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson). They are Live: American Outlaws (No. 35) and The Very Best of the Highwaymen (No. 38).

The highest debuting of the week’s two new songs is Dylan Scott’s “My Girl” (No.52), trailed by Kane Brown’s “Thunder in the Rain” (No. 57).

Ronnie Dunn’s “Damn Drunk,” with Kix Brooks, returns to action at No. 58.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Dolly Parton’s Pure & Simple (last week’s No. 1), Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest and Justin Moore’s Kinda Don’t Care.

Completing the Top 5 songs array are Kelsea Ballerini’s “Peter Pan,” Sam Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me” (last week’s No. 1), Dierks Bentley’s “Different for Girls” featuring Elle King and Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need a Drink.”

We hear more Christmas albums are impending, notably Chris Young’s It Must Be Christmas, due out Oct. 14, and Kacey Musgraves’ A Very Kacey Christmas, slated for Oct. 28.

So break out the mittens and sunscreen.

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