Five cast albums from ABC's "Nashville" dot Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, led by "Nashville: On the Record," which bows as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 2 with 18,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Songs from the live set were featured in a special episode of the series on April 23, in which cast members were shown performing at iconic Nashville venues the Bluebird Café and Ryman Auditorium. That primetime airing and the new album release spur Greatest Gainer stripes for "Nashville: Season 2: Volume 1" (50-15), which moves 3,000 copies (up 174 percent), and prompts re-entries at Nos. 25 ("Nashville: Season 1: Volume 2") and 41 ("Nashville: Season 1: Volume 1"), along with a debut for "Nashville: The Nashville Cast featuring Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor" at No. 43.
Concurrently, Hot Country Songs sports three "Nashville" tracks, led by Bowen's No. 29 re-entry with "Black Roses," which reaches a new best rank. The ballad re-enters Country Digital Songs at No. 12 with 29,000 sold, a new best weekly sum.
A multi-city "Nashville" cast tour kicked off April 25 in Chicago.
COUNTRY HEARTS 'BEAT': Brett Eldredge claims his second top 10 on Hot Country Songs, as "Beat of the Music" skips 11-10. He scored his first top 10 when "Don't Ya" peaked at No. 5 last summer.
With 25,000 sold during the tracking week (and 321,000 sold to date), "Beat" logs a second straight and third cumulative week at its No. 14 peak on Country Digital Songs. It bullets for a second week at its No. 8 highpoint on the Country Airplay chart.
'PLAY'-GROUND: Luke Bryan continues his dominant streak on Top Country Albums, where "Crash My Party" spends a 10th total week at the summit with 18,000 sold (and 1.8 million in to-date sales).
On Hot Country Songs, the set's "Play It Again" collects a third straight week at No. 1, drawing Streaming Gainer applause for a third consecutive frame (1.7 million U.S. streams, up 13 percent, according to Nielsen BDS). Bryan's single extends its No. 1 ride on Country Digital Songs to four weeks, adding 96,000 downloads (upping its total sales to 716,000).
NEW VOICES: Two former Hot Country Songs smashes return to the tally via versions by contestants on NBC's "The Voice." Kristen Merlin's "Stay" debuts at No. 38, thanks to 18,000 downloads sold, and Jake Worthington's "Anymore" enters at No. 42 with "Anymore" (14,000).
"Stay" originally peaked at No. 2 for Sugarland in 2008, while Travis Tritt's "Anymore" spent two weeks at No. 1 in 1991.
REMEMBERING SHARP: The late Kevin Sharp enters Country Streaming Songs at No. 25 with "Nobody Knows" (481,000, up 81 percent). The singer passed way at age 43 on April 19.
His cover of the Tony Rich Project song (a No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1996) spent four weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs in January/February 1997. (Sharp added the No. 3 hit "She's Sure Taking It Well" and the No. 4-peaking "If You Love Somebody" later in 1997.)
Additional reporting by Gary Trust