Persistence has paid off big time for Kacey Musgraves and Luke Bryan, whose album and song, respectively, now top the Billboard country charts.
Musgraves' Same Trailer Different Park has bounced back and forth in the hit parade since its debut at No. 1 some 46 weeks ago. The singer's performance on the recent Grammy awards extravaganza has obviously reignited the rockets.
Meanwhile, Bryan's "Drink a Beer" has enjoyed a fairly steady climb following its rollout on the CMA awards show 14 weeks back.
Rhonda Vincent's two-CD package, Only Me, is the only new album this week. It hops in at No. 36.
Returning to the charts are Vince Gill and Paul Franklin's Bakersfield (at No. 18) and Country: The Everly Brothers (No. 40).
There are six new songs to note: Hunter Hayes' "Invisible" (No. 26), the Eli Young Band's "Dust" (No. 53), Easton Corbin's "Clockwork" (No. 54), Joel Crouse's "Why God Made Love Songs" (No. 56), Lucy Hale's "You Sound Good to Me" (No. 58) and Weston Burt's "Smile That Smile" (No. 60).
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in descending order, are Jennifer Nettles' That Girl (last week's No. 1), Bryan's Crash My Party, Florida Georgia Line's Here's to the Good Times and Taylor Swift's Red.
Completing the Top 5 songs lineup are Eric Paslay's "Friday Night," David Nail's "Whatever She's Got" (last week's No. 1), Cole Swindell's "Chillin' It" and Jason Aldean's "When She Says Baby."
OK, back again to title tales, wherein we squeeze in a storyline by fusing current song titles together. For instance, "Cop Car/Slow Me Down" or "How Could I Want More/Dust" or "Ready Set Roll/Bottoms Up."
I yield the floor.