Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Tops Country Airplay Chart

Garth Brooks Keeps Prime Album Niche With The Ultimate Collection

Keith Urban and Garth Brooks and top Billboard‘s country airplay and albums charts, respectively, this first week of the new year.

Urban comes in with “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” and Brooks celebrates his third straight week at the top with The Ultimate Collection.

“Blue Ain’t Your Color” is Urban’s 20th No. 1 single and reaches the summit after a 20-week trudge.

There are no new albums and only one new song to note. That first-timer is Candi Carpenter‘s “Burn the Bed,” which debuts at No. 56.

Two albums return to the charts — Chris Young‘s I’m Comin’ Over (at No. 46) and Blackberry Smoke‘s Like an Arrow (No. 50).

Six songs have made a comeback — William Michael Morgan‘s “Missing” (No. 54), Drake White‘s “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” (No. 55), Kane Brown‘s “Thunder in the Rain” (No. 57), Ryan Follese‘s “Put a Label on It” (No. 58), Love and Theft‘s “Candyland” (No. 59) and Tucker Beathard‘s “Momma and Jesus” (No. 60).

Completing the Top 5 albums array, in descending order, are Miranda Lambert‘s The Weight of These Wings, Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood‘s Christmas Together and Urban’s Ripcord.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Brett Eldredge‘s “Wanna Be That Song” (last week’s No. 1), Carrie Underwood‘s “Dirty Laundry,” Blake Shelton‘s “A Guy With a Girl” and Tim McGraw‘s “How I’ll Always Be.”

OK, troops. Wipe that tinsel off your shoulders and get back to work.

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