Country singer takes scenic, self-made route to No. 1

Cole Swindell went from selling merch for Luke Bryan to playing arenas with him. The upstart country singer-­songwriter's self-titled debut is No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Feb. 23, and bows on the Billboard 200 at No. 3 with sales of 63,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was boosted by the slow-burn success of single "Chillin' It," which tops the Hot Country Songs list for a second week after a 38-week climb and is currently No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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