Johnny Cash scores his second posthumous No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with "Out Among the Stars," his 10th leader overall and first in nearly eight years. The set is a collection of unreleased songs produced in the early '80s by famed Nashville studio man Billy Sherrill for Columbia (which dropped Cash in 1986).
"Stars" starts with 54,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It also bows at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, where it's the highest-debuting posthumous release since Jimi Hendrix's "People, Hell and Angels" began at No. 2 on the chart dated March 23, 2013 (with 72,000 sold in its first week).
Cash, who died in 2003, placed his first posthumous album atop Top Country Albums when "American V: A Hundred Highways" spent two weeks at No. 1 in July 2006. The icon's early chart history includes eight No. 1s on Top Country Albums from 1964 to 1971.
'HIGH' DEBUT: Jerrod Niemann's "High Noon" debuts at No. 3 on Top Country Albums. His third album arrives with 14,000 sold. He previously scored a No. 9 opening-week peak with "Free the Music" two years ago (8,000) following a No. 1 launch for "Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury" in 2010 (34,000).
The lead single from the new album, "Drink to That All Night," spends a second week at its No. 4 peak to date on Hot Country Songs. It's sold 503,000 downloads.
HOW BROMANTIC: Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll," featuring Luke Bryan, caps Hot Country Songs for a third straight week. It also leads Country Digital Songs for a fourth cumulative week, selling 77,000 downloads; it's moved 692,000 total.
Bryan, meanwhile, earns Digital Gainer (63,000, up 30%) and Airplay Gainer stripes with "Play It Again," which flies 9-5 on Hot Country Songs. On the Nielsen BDS-fueled Country Airplay chart, "Play" pushes 18-16 (30 million audience impressions, up 39%). A bit lower on Hot Country Songs, the March 22 video premiere on CMT for Bryan's "She Get Me High" (36-33) spurs its Streaming Gainer nod (335,000 U.S. streams, up 81%, according to BDS). The track is from Bryan's "Spring Break 6 …Like We Ain't Ever" EP, which ranks at No. 6 in its third week on Top Country Albums (10,000 sold during the tracking week).
RHETT & BRETT: Thomas Rhett lands his second straight Country Airplay top 10 with "Get Me Some of That," which shoots 12-9. Rhett's prior single, "It Goes Like This," spent three weeks at No. 1.
Brett Eldredge also tallies his second Country Airplay top 10 with "Beat of the Music" (11-10). The song follows his "Don't Ya," which dominated the chart for two weeks last summer.