Last week’s chart-toppers — Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings and Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All,” featuring Tim McGraw — are once again Billboard’s reigning country album and airplay song.
Garth Brooks’ Gunslinger pops in at No. 4 as the week’s highest debuting album, on Nielsen Soundscan-confirmed sales of 18,948 copies.
Luke Bryan claims the highest-debuting song with “Fast,” which makes its bow at No. 40.
The most noticeable feature on the Top 50 albums chart is that it’s currently adorned with 13 Christmas-themed titles. So if you don’t have a new country holiday CD or download by now, you just ain’t trying.
Apart from Brooks’ Gunslinger, there are three other first-timers making the albums chart — Gillian Welch’s Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg (No. 30), Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories: Collection (No. 37) and the multi-artist package Silent Night: A Country Christmas (No. 46).
On the songs rankings, Hunter Hayes’ “Yesterday’s Song” re-enters at No. 52.
Oh, you’re worried about a chart story that doesn’t mention Chris Stapleton’s Traveller? Let me ease your stress. By some cosmic disturbance, that album has slipped to No. 6, the first time it’s been out of the Top 5 list in ages.
Stapleton can console himself for this loss of place, however, by reflecting that Traveller has so far sold 1,690,410 copies — or about two each for every person in Nashville. Adieu, honk-tonks … hello, Williamson County.