Jessie James Decker Darts Onto Top Country Albums
Jessie James Decker in April 2013 (photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo, FilmMagic)

The singer/reality TV personality debuts at No. 5 with just three days of sales for 'Comin' Home.'

Singer/songwriter/reality TV star Jessie James Decker makes her first appearance on Top Country Albums, as "Comin' Home," a six-song EP, earns the Hot Shot Debut at No. 5 with 11,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set starts with just three days of sales, as it was released on Friday, April 18.
 

Decker and her husband, New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, are currently starring in the second season of E!'s "Eric & Jessie: Game On," in which the couple became parents for the first time (to daughter Vivianne Rose on March 18). The newborn's mom previously scored pop hits, including "Wanted," which reached No. 23 on Pop Songs and No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009. She most recently appeared on Hot Country Songs with "I Do," which peaked at No. 39 in November.
 
HIGH PRICE:  Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price scores his best unaccompanied rank in more than 32 years on Top Country Albums with "Beauty Is…: The Final Sessions," which enters at No. 22 (3,000 sold). Price, who finished the album shortly before his death at age 87 in December, had last charted higher on his own when "Town & Country" peaked at No. 17 in 1981.
 
A collaborative set with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, "Last of the Breed," debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the April 4, 2007, chart. Price, aka "The Cherokee Cowboy" (and who served in the military in 1944-46), posted five No. 1s between 1964 and 1971.

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HOT HAND LUKE: Luke Bryan logs a second week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with "Play It Again," which adds Streaming Gainer stripes for a third consecutive week (1.5 million U.S. streams, up 9 percent, according to Nielsen BDS). The track spends a third straight week atop Country Digital Songs, with 105,000 downloads sold (down 3 percent) during the tracking week. It's shifted 617,000 to date.
 

On the BDS-based Country Airplay chart, Bryan claims his 14th consecutive top 10, and 15th overall, as "Play" hops 11-9. Counting only promoted, non-seasonal singles, Bryan ties Blake Shelton for third place among artists with the best active top 10 streaks. Keith Urban leads with a whopping 30 straight top 10s, a run that began with his second chart entry, the No. 4-peaking "Your Everything," in 2000 and has continued through last year's No. 1 duet with Miranda Lambert "We Were Us" (his 16th leader). Urban could be poised to score his 31st consecutive top 10, as "Cop Car" makes a 13-11 patrol this week.
 
Carrie Underwood commands the second-longest active top 10 run with 18, encompassing her entire country singles output. She started with "Jesus, Take the Wheel" in 2006 and has yet to miss the region through "See You Again," which reached No. 2 last year. (Thirteen of her 18 top 10s have hit No. 1.)
 
Shelton achieved his 14th top 10 in a row with "Doin' What She Likes," which topped the chart for two weeks earlier this month. Shelton and Bryan are trailed by the Band Perry's seven straight top 10s (2010-14). Shelton could soon break out of his tie with Bryan, as his current single "My Eyes," featuring Gwen Sebastian, rockets 39-28 in its second chart week.
 
Meanwhile, the parent album of "Play It Again," Bryan's "Crash My Party," encores at the Top Country Albums summit (2-1; 33,000, up 77 percent), totaling a ninth cumulative week on top and tacking on Greatest Gainer honors. It had most recently led the Jan. 18 chart.

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