Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart welcomes Kenny Chesney’s Welcome to the Fishbowl to No. 1. The set is the star’s 11th No. 1 on the tally and arrives with 193,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Since he first reigned on Top Country Albums with his Greatest Hits package the week of Oct. 14, 2000, he boasts the most leaders. In that span, he passes Toby Keith, with 10 toppers. Tim McGraw follows with nine leaders in that stretch.
WILLIAMS SCORES BIGGEST ALBUM IN 28 YEARS
The Top Country Albums chart’s second-best bow belongs to veteran crooner Don Williams, who returns to the survey with his first charted studio set in almost 14 years, as And So It Goes opens at No. 20 with 5,000 units.
Although Williams has charted with hits packages as recently as in March, the 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee hadn’t appeared on the list with a set of new songs since I Turn the Page in late 1998. The new album is Williams’ first since My Heart to You in 2004 and marks his highest rank since Café Carolina reached No. 13 in 1984.
Goes is Williams’ 27th entry on Top Country Albums, dating to his first, the No. 5-peaking Volume One, in 1973. He led the list for two weeks with Harmony in 1973. Of Williams’ 56 titles on Hot Country Songs between 1972 and 1992, a whopping 45 reached the top 10, including 17 No. 1s.
Luke Bryan logs his fourth and fastest No. 1 (a 20-week ascent to the summit) on Hot Country Songs with “Drunk on You,” the third radio single from his album Tailgates & Tanlines (No. 2 on Country Albums). With 84,000 downloads, the track also spends a fifth consecutive week at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs (viewable at Billboard.biz).
A tres bien!, meanwhile to the Band Perry, which achieves its fourth Hot Country Songs top 10, and its quickest (16 weeks to the region), as “Postcards From Paris” lifts 11-10. Two of the sibling trio’s prior top 10s reached No. 1: “If I Die Young” in 2010, and “All Your Life” earlier this year.