Billboard Hot 100 Fest

Brett Eldredge and Glen Campbell Highlight the Top Country Albums Chart

Joseph Llanes
Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge notches his second No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated Aug. 26), as his self-titled third full-length arrives at the summit, earning 45,000 equivalent albums in its launch week, ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen Music.

With 36,000 copies sold, Eldredge's new set is also the top-selling album of the week across all genres, as it debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart.

"This is such an exciting accomplishment, and we're going to celebrate it big," Eldredge told Billboard after hearing the news. "We always celebrate and relish these special moments, because they don't come along every day. I'm so proud of this album. Thanks to everyone who has busted their tail to get this music out there, and thanks to the fans for buying and streaming and coming to the shows. This is for you."

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Eldredge earns his highest arrival and rank (No. 2), besting his 2015 album Illinois, which opened and peaked at No. 3.

Notably, no country album has topped the Billboard 200 in 2017. Jason Aldean's They Don't Know remains the last such leader, having bowed at No. 1 on the Oct. 1, 2016, chart. It spent one week on top, debuting with 138,000 equivalent album units.

Illinois was Eldredge's first Top Country Albums No. 1, launching atop the chart dated Oct. 3, 2015, with 44,000 in first-week sales. His first album, Bring You Back, -arrived and peaked at No. 2 (Aug. 24, 2013; 21,000 sold), while his 2016 holiday set Glow also arrived and crested at No. 2 (Nov. 19, 2016; 14,000 sold).

Eldredge co-wrote all 12 songs on the new LP, which Ross Copperman produced. The album's second single, "The Long Way," goes for adds on Aug. 21, while novelty-leaning lead track "Somethin' I'm Good At" peaked at No. 22 on Hot Country Songs and No. 21 on Country Airplay.

TRIBUTE: Glen Campbell, who died Aug. 8 after a long, well-chronicled battle with Alzheimer's disease, re-enters Top Country Albums at No. 4 with 20 Greatest Hits (Capitol Nashville), up 2,009 percent to 11,000 units. The package spent a prior week on the April 8, 2000, chart at No. 71 and, more than 17 years later, becomes Campbell's 21st top 10 on the list. His farewell studio set, Adios, became his 20th when it debuted at No. 7 on the July 1 chart; it re-enters at No. 20 on the Aug. 26 ranking (6,000, up 315 percent).

STILL THE 1s: After setting the record last week for largest audience lead for a No. 1, Billy Currington's "Do I Make You Wanna" (Mercury) leads Billboard's Country Airplay chart for a third straight week, declining 11 percent to 42.1 million audience impressions in its 38th week on the tally.

In Currington's second week at No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart dated Aug. 19, the audience haul for "Wanna" for the week was the second-largest of 2017 (behind Luke Combs' "Hurricane" at No. 1 on the May 27 chart with 47.6 million). Further, the 9.49 million audience lead of "Wanna" over the No. 2 song the list (Cole Swindell's "Flatliner," 37.9 million) is the largest since the chart began using audience measurement in January 2005.

Currington, who has banked 11 Country Airplay No. 1s, earns his second three-week leader, following "Good Directions," which tripled up at No. 1 -starting on the chart dated May 26, 2007. "Wanna" is the first three-week chart-topper by any artist since Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" (MCA), which began its reign on May 6. No song has led Country Airplay longer since Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" dominated the first six weeks of 2016.

Speaking of "Back Road," its record run atop Hot Country Songs (which blends airplay, streaming and sales data) extends to a 27th week. It likewise tops Country Digital Song Sales for a record-stretching 27th week (37,000 -downloads sold, down 8 percent) and Country Streaming Songs for a (second-best) 27th frame (15.6 million U.S. streams, down 3 percent).

SWINGING INTO THE TOP 10: Jon Pardi's "Heartache on the Dance Floor" (Capitol Nashville) reaches the top 10 on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, rising 12-9 on both surveys and increasing 13 percent to 28.1 million in audience on the latter list. "Heartache" is his fourth top 10 on Hot Country Songs and his third on Country Airplay. Pardi's previous two singles, "Dirt on My Boots" and "Head Over Boots," topped Country Airplay, while reaching Nos. 2 and 4, respectively, on Hot -Country Songs.