Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights continues to burn brightly. For the second week in a row, it tops both Billboard’s country and all-genres Billboard 200 charts -- a rarity in these days of diminished expectations for recorded music.
To chart date, Nielsen SoundScan reports, it has sold 403,824 copies.
This is Ballard’s third chart champ, the earlier ones having been “Helluva Life” and “Sunshine & Whiskey.”
There are only two new albums to note, and they’re both in the Top 5. Elvis Presley’s Elvis Forever enters at No. 2 on sales of 27,084 units, and Pat Green’s Home checks in at No. 5 with 8,881 copies scanned.
Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break” boasts the highest debut among this week’s four new songs, arriving at a very laudable No. 24.
Last week’s No. 1, the Zac Brown Band’s “Loving You Easy,” slides to No. 7.
If you have any Christmas bells lying around, this would be the time to start jingling them. Kenny Rogers has just announced a new holiday album -- Once Again It’s Christmas -- that will go on sale Sept. 25.
So turn up the air conditioner and close your eyes -- and now it’s December.