Nearly 11 years after his death, Johnny Cash has posted a No. 1 album on the Billboard top country albums chart. His Out Among the Stars, a collection of 13 previously unreleased tracks, racks up first-week sales of 53,804 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan's reading.
Another tall, imposing figure -- Blake Shelton -- scores the most-played song: "Doin' What She Likes." It arced to the top in just 15 weeks. In doing so, he now claims the most consecutive No. 1 singles in the history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based country airplay chart which launched in 1990. He and Brad Paisley had previously tied with 10 No. 1 singles each.
There are only two other new albums to acknowledge: Jerrod Niemann's High Noon, which swaggers in at No. 3 on sales of 14,261 units, and the self-titled Sarah Davidson EP, which bows at No. 30 via a 1,883 total.
Action is pretty tepid on the songs chart, too, with just four freshman entries. They are Brothers Osborne's "Rum" (No. 55), Shakira's "Medicine," featuring Shelton (No. 57), Austin Webb's "Raise 'Em Up" (No. 58) and Kellie Pickler's "Closer to Nowhere" (No 60).
Dylan Scott's "Makin' This Boy Go Crazy" returns to action at No. 56, and Jamie Lee Spears' "How Could I Want More" rebounds from the depths into the No. 59 slot.
The No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Eric Church's The Outsiders (last week's No. 1), Luke Bryan's Crash My Party and Florida Georgia Line's Here's to the Good Times.
Completing the Top 5 songs cluster are Randy Houser's "Goodnight Kiss," Niemann's "Drink to That All Night," Dierks Bentley's "I Hold On" (last week's No. 1) and Church's "Give Me Back My Hometown."
Title tales -- the title-fusing game? We got 'em. "How Could I Want More/Medicine," "Raise 'Em Up/Slow Me Down," "Miss You/Rum" and "The South/Closer to Nowhere."