A trio of albums debuts in the top three for just the third time in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Plus, Florida Georgia Line lands in the Hot Country Songs top 10 again
For only the third time in the 22-year Nielsen SoundScan era, three titles debut in the top three of Top Country Albums, led by the Robertsons' "Duck Dynasty"-spawned "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," which opens with 69,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Thomas Rhett's "It Goes Like This" starts at No. 2 (36,000) and Toby Keith's "Drinks After Work" bows at No. 3 (35,000).
Three albums last debuted simultaneously at Nos. 1-3 the week of Nov. 3, 2012, when Jason Aldean's "Night Train," Scotty McCreery's "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" and Jamey Johnson's Livin' for a Song" arrived, respectively. The first such triple was on the Nov. 10, 2007, list, when Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride," Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand" and Gary Allan's "Living Hard" were respective top-three starters.
As Rhett's album arrives, the set's "Get Me Some of That" snares the Hot Shot Debut at No. 30 on Hot Country Songs and the week's highest start at No. 6 on Country Digital Songs. The song marks Rhett's highest debut on the sales chart and his second-highest on Hot Country Songs. He began better on the latter list (No. 28) only with "It Goes Like This" in June; it holds at its No. 2 peak for a sixth week.
'STAY' MOVES: Three titles crack the top 10 on Hot Country Songs, led by Florida Georgia Line's "Stay," which rises 14-8 to become the duo's fourth song to reach the upper region. Concurrently, the pair's "Cruise" falls below the top 10 and is removed (per recurrent rules) following an unprecedented pair of longevity feats in the chart's almost 70 years: 66 total chart weeks and 24 of those at No. 1.
Following "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line reached the Hot Country Songs top 10 with the No. 5-peaking "Get Your Shine On" and the No. 3 hit "Round Here." All four songs appear on the act's debut full-length album "Here's to the Good Times," which has spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and sold 1.2 million copies.
With a pair of trophies and a performance at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards last night (Nov. 6), the twosome should be among the top gainers on next week's retail charts. FGL won vocal duo and single of the year honors for "Cruise."
Also new to the Hot Country Songs top 10 is Parmalee's "Carolina" (11-9), the group's first top 10, and Eli Young Band's "Drunk Last Night" (12-10), its third top 10.
'KIND' WORDS: With 52,000 downloads sold during the SoundScan tracking week, Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" returns to No. 1 on Country Digital Songs for an 11th cumulative week; the first 10 weeks on top were racked consecutively. Bryan's song, atop Hot Country Songs for a 12th frame, was pushed to No. 2 on the sales tally last week by Eric Church's No. 1-debuting "The Outsiders," which sells 32,000 (down 60%) and ranks at No. 5 in its second week.
Bryan and Church performed "Night" and "Outsiders," respectively, at the CMA Awards, broadcast on ABC.