The icon's sonic sojourn launches atop Bluegrass Albums and at No. 3 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton
Six months after scoring his second No. 1 start on Christian Albums with "Precious Memories: Volume II," Alan Jackson's "The Bluegrass Album" opens at No. 1 on the almost like-titled Bluegrass Albums chart with 22,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although it's Jackson's first appearance on the bluegrass chart, the new set marks the Georgia native's 18th top-five bow on Top Country Albums, where it opens at No. 3.
Jackson's history on Top Country Albums includes 13 leaders, 10 of which debuted at No. 1. His first installment of "Precious Memories" spent 22 weeks at No. 1 on Christian Albums and two weeks at the Top Country Albums summit in 2006; the sequel led the former list for eight weeks.
Jackson is the fourth country artist to debut at No. 1 on Bluegrass Albums with a side project, following Merle Haggard, Patty Loveless and Dierks Bentley. Haggard spent five weeks atop the chart with "The Bluegrass Sessions" in 2007; Loveless led for eight weeks in 2009 with "Mountain Soul II"; and Bentley's "Up on the Ridge" topped the chart for 30 weeks in 2010-11.
'NIGHT' MOVES: With a seventh week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" logs the longest chart-topping run by a solo male since Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" stacked seven weeks on top in 2004. No male soloist has led for longer than seven frames since the late David Houston (like McGraw, a Louisiana native) reigned for nine with "Almost Persuaded" in 1966.
Over on Country Digital Songs, Bryan's "Night" also continues its command for a seventh week, selling 84,000 downloads during the SoundScan tracking week. It leads Country Streaming Songs for a second frame and reaches the top five (6-5) on the Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart.
McGraw, meanwhile, scores his 49th top 10 on Hot Country Songs with "Southern Girl," which steps 11-10. Last week, it became his landmark 50th top 10 on Country Airplay.
'PARTY' CENTRAL: Following a pair of debuts in successive weeks by Keith Urban and Justin Moore, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" returns to the Top Country Albums summit for a fifth cumulative week with 36,000 sold. Moore's "Off the Beaten Path" dips to No. 2 (25,000), while Urban's "Fuse" holds for a second week at No. 4 (17,000).
LONG 'TRAIN' RUNNIN': With a second week atop Country Airplay, Jason Aldean's "Night Train" becomes the fifth of his 10 leaders to rule for more than one week. It also draws the biggest one-week audience sum since the chart's methodology changed from plays to audience impressions in January 2005.
Aldean had most recently posted multiple No. 1-weeks when "Take a Little Ride" rolled three straight a year ago. In its second week atop the chart, "Train" collects 49.1 million impressions, surpassing the 48.3 million logged by Brett Eldredge's "Don't Ya" (Aug. 31).
FLYING COACH: Blake Shelton scores his 18th top 10, and third this year, on Country Airplay with "Mine Would Be You" (11-9), the third single from his album "Based on a True Story…" Both of the "Voice" coach's album's previous singles topped the chart: "Sure Be Cool If You Did" (two weeks, March/April) and "Boys 'Round Here" (featuring Pistol Annies & Friends) (June 29).
TWO, FAST: Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert's "We Were Us" takes a 16-14 hop in its fourth week on Country Airplay. That's the quickest one-month ascent for Lambert and the second-fastest such sprint for Urban.
Lambert's quickest previous start came via "Baggage Claim," which ranked at No. 17 in its fourth week (Sept. 10, 2011) on its way to a No. 3 peak three months later. Urban made better time only with 2006's "Once in a Lifetime," which ranked at No. 10 in its third chart week, then dipped to No. 11 in its fourth week before peaking at No. 6 the following month.
Meanwhile, Lambert's own single "All Kinds of Kinds" reaches a new peak at No. 19 in its 15th week.