Cole Swindell’s “Middle of a Memory” Is Country Radio’s Most-Played Song

Kenny Chesney Retains Album Primacy With Cosmic Hallelujah

Cole Swindell cinches his fifth No. 1 single as his “Middle of a Memory” pops to the top of Billboard’s country airplay chart after a 28-week climb.


On the album’s side, Kenny Chesney’s Cosmic Hallelujah holds the summit for its second straight week.

The highest-debuting album is the Eric Church EP, Mr. Misunderstood: On the Rocks Live and (Mostly) Unplugged, which enters at No. 4 on first-week sales of 8,858 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Also new are the multi-artist package Now That’s What I Call Country #1’s (bowing at No. 5), reality TV star Todd Chrisley’s A Chrisley Christmas (No. 43) and Hank Williams Jr.’s A Country Boy Can Survive (No. 50).

Dwight Yoakam’s Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars … splashes back at No. 49.

Only two new songs surface this week — Dierks Bentley’s “Black” (No. 53) and Ryan Follese’s “Put a Label on It” (No. 59).

The No. 2 and No. 4 albums, in that order, are Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Keith Urban’s Ripcord.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Jason Aldean’s “A Little More Summertime,” Brett Young’s “Sleep Without You,” Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All” (featuring Tim McGraw) and Luke Bryan’s “Move” (last week’s No. 1).

Among the seasonal titles, Chris Young’s It Must Be Christmas is the week’s bestseller. Also riding the Top 50 holiday tide are albums by Jimmy Buffett, George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Nettles, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves, Loretta Lynn and the aforesaid Chrisley.

Alas, the CMA Awards didn’t launch a sales bonanza. Totals are down substantially from what they were a week ago, and they weren’t spectacular then.

Santa Claus, when are you comin’ to town?

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