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Brantley Gilbert Tops Album Chart With Just as I Am
Luke Bryan Maintains Last Week's Airplay Eminence
Brantley Gilbert
Brantley Gilbert
Brantley Gilbert's Just as I Am tornadoes into the top spot on Billboard's country albums chart on first-week sales of 211,288 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

This total puts Gilbert in second place on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart, just behind Coldplay, whose Ghost Stories CD debuts on the strength of 382,665 units sold.

And Luke Bryan can multiply his last week's good tidings by two.

For the second consecutive week, he occupies both the No. 1 and No. 2 niches on Billboard's country airplay chart via, respectively, "Play It Again" and "This Is How We Roll."

Let it be noted here long and loudly that "This Is How We Roll" is a Florida Georgia Line song on which Bryan is the featured vocalist.

The week's other new albums include the multi-artist package Mud Digger: Volume 5, arriving at No. 8 and the anthology EP Outnumber Hunger: Help Feed Local Families Now (No. 32).

Also, Jake Worthington's The Voice: The Complete Season 6 Collection (No. 36) and Hank Williams' The Garden Spot Program, 1950 (No. 43). Stop for a moment and reflect here, folks. These Williams recordings are 64 years old!

Returning to the chart are the Zac Brown Band's The Grohl Sessions: Vol. 1 EP (No. 35) and Tim McGraw's Two Lanes of Freedom (No. 47).

There are three first-time songs: Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood's "Somethin' Bad" (No. 48), Eric Church's "Cold One" (No. 56) and Randy Houser's "Like a Cowboy" (No. 57).

Jason Aldean's "This Nothin' Town" re-enters at No. 60.

Following Gilbert's Just as I Am within the Top 5 albums cluster are Rascal Flatts' Rewind (last week's No. 1), Florida Georgia Line's Here's to the Good Times, Bryan's Crash My Party and Hunter Hayes' Storyline, in that order.

The No. 3 through No. 5 songs are Brett Eldredge's "Beat of the Music," Lambert's "Automatic" and Justin Moore's "Lettin' the Night Roll."

Our title tale nominees: "Wanted Me Gone/Like a Cowboy," "Kiss You Tonight/Cold One" and "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight/Somethin' Bad."

It could be worse.
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