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.
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 Musgraves’ A Very Kacey Christmas (No. 16), Jennifer Nettles’ To Celebrate Christmas (No. 17) and George Strait’s Strait for the Holidays (No. 35).
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.
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?