Kenny Chesney’s Cosmic Hallelujah Is Week’s Bestselling Country Album

Luke Bryan Keeps Top Airplay Spot With “Move”

It’s not a holiday album, but it must feel a lot like Christmas to Kenny Chesney as Cosmic Hallelujah, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart — and at a solid No. 2 on the Billboard 200 all-genres list.

Luke Bryan’s “Move” holds its top spot for the second week on Billboard’s country airplay rankings.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Cosmic Hallelujah sold 79,485 copies its first week out. Also new among the Top 5 albums this week are Brett Eldredge’s Glow (No. 2 on sales of 14,080 units) and Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions III (No. 5 with 10.708 units scanned).

Glow, as the title might suggest, is a Christmas album, Eldredge’s first.

There’s a deluge of new holiday albums this week, notably Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Tis the Season (No. 6), Kacey MusgravesA Very Kacey Christmas (No. 16), Jennifer NettlesTo Celebrate Christmas (No. 17) and George Strait’s Strait for the Holidays (No. 35).

New as well are Kip Moore’s Underground (No. 12), Frank Foster’s Good Country Music (No. 13), Roy Orbison’s The Ultimate Collection (No. 38) and Lenny Cooper’s Dirtified (No. 42).

Only one new song pops up this week — Tyler Farr’s “Our Town” (at No. 58).

Morgan Wallen’s “The Way I Talk” re-enters at No. 60.

The No. 3 and No. 4 albums, respectively, are Keith Urban’s Ripcord Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (last week’s No. 1).

Rounding out the Top 5 songs array, in descending order, are Swindell’s “Middle of a Memory,” Jason Aldean’s “A Little More Summertime,” Brett Young’s “Sleep Without You” and Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All,” featuring Tim McGraw.

Next week, we should see some impact from the recent CMA Awards extravaganza. Will it be a ripple or a tsunami?

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