Blackberry Smoke’s Like an Arrow Shoots to Top of Country Chart

Kenny Chesney Scores Most-Played Song With “Setting the World on Fire”

Billowing up in the cool fall air, Blackberry Smoke rises to the top of Billboard’s country albums chart with Like an Arrow.

This is the second time this Georgia-based band has attained that eminence, first having done so last year with Holding All the Roses.

By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, Like an Arrow sold 18,225 units its first week out.

And, after a relatively brief 13-week trek, Kenny Chesney’s “Setting the World on Fire,” featuring P!nk, arrives at No. 1 on the country airplay songs chart.

Debuting at No. 4 on the albums rankings is Chris Young’s It Must Be Christmas, on initial sales of 8.209 copies.

Also new this week are the MavericksAll Night Live, Volume I (No. 14) and Paul Cauthen’s My Gospel (No. 50).

There are five new songs, led by Little Big Town’s “Better Man,” which bows at No. 38.

It’s followed by Jake Owen’s “If He Ain’t Gonna Love You” (No. 47), Luke Combs“Hurricane” (No. 58), Morgan Wallen’s “The Way I Talk” (No. 59) and Steve Moakler’s “Suitcase” (No. 60).

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know (last week’s No. 1) and Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots.

Trailing “Setting The World on Fire” within the Top 5 songs spread are Luke Bryan’s “Move,” Cole Swindell’s “Middle of a Memory”, Aldean’s “A Little More Summertime” and LOCASH‘s “I Know Somebody” (last week’s No. 1).

Keep that shopping list open. More Christmas albums are headed your way.

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