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Blackberry Smoke’s ‘Roses’ Blooms at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

Blackberry Smoke storms Top Country Albums. Robert Earl Keen arrives at No. 1 on Bluegrass Albums.

Country/rock band Blackberry Smoke nabs its first No. 1 and biggest sales week on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with Holding All the Roses. The group’s fourth studio album bows with 19,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. (The set also starts at No. 7 on Top Rock Albums.)

The Atlanta-based quintet had previously risen as high as No. 8 on Top Country Albums with its third studio effort, The Whippoorwill, which arrived with the band’s prior best weekly sum (9,000) in 2012. That album yielded the group’s lone entry on the Country Airplay survey: “Pretty Little Lie,” which reached No. 46 in 2013.


KEEN INSIGHTS: Singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen claims his second top 10 and ties his best Top Country Albums rank with Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, which starts at No. 10 (7,000 sold). He first reached the upper region with Gravitational Forces (No. 10, 2001). He’d last charted with Ready for Confetti, which peaked at No. 21 in 2011.

The new title also opens at No. 1 on the Bluegrass Albums list, where he makes his first appearance.

IT’S HIS ‘TIME’: Sam Hunt‘s “Take Your Time” leads Hot Country Songs for a second week, and his second No. 1 is his first to reign more than a week. His first leader, “Leave the Night On,” capped the Nov. 15, 2014, list.

Concurrently, “Time” spends a fifth week atop Country Digital Songs, logging its biggest sales week (52,000 downloads sold, up 9 percent). “Time” returns to the Country Streaming Songs summit for a second cumulative week with 2.1 million U.S. streams (up 12 percent). It adds top Airplay Gainer stripes on Hot Country Songs; on Country Airplay, it reaches a new peak (19-14) with 22.3 million audience impressions, up 19 percent.

‘WORTH’ MENTIONING: Also noteworthy on Hot Country Songs, Cole Swindell posts his third top 10, as “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” jumps 12-10. His debut single, “Chillin’ It,” ruled for two weeks in March 2014 and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” reached No. 7 in October.

Plus, Jana Kramer posts a career-high debut on Hot Country Songs at No. 33 with “I Got the Boy” (16,000 sold), surpassing her No. 37 start with “Love” last June. Kramer’s song was co-written by Jamie Lynn Spears, country recording artist and sister of pop queen Britney Spears.

Chart Highlights: Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Sun Daze’ Tops Country Airplay

‘SUN’ SHINES: Florida Georgia Line claims its sixth No. 1 on Country Airplay with “Sun Daze,” which steps 2-1 in its 19th chart week (44.5 million audience impressions, up 3 percent).

Dating to the chart’s launch 25 years ago (Jan. 20, 1990), Florida Georgia Line breaks out of a three-way tie and takes sole possession of the second-most leaders among duos. Brooks & Dunn leads with 20 No. 1s. Below FGL, Montgomery Gentry and Sugarland follow with five apiece, while Thompson Square boasts two.

The new leader is the second single from the duo’s sophomore set, Anything Goes, which has sold 567,000 copies since its October release through the week ending Feb. 15.

Meanwhile, “Sippin’ on Fire,” the album’s third single, logs a third week on Country Airplay, where it reaches a new peak (56-52). Official label promotion for the song began this week.

YOUNG LOVE: Chris Young scores his ninth top 10 on Country Airplay with “Lonely Eyes,” which jumps 11-8 in its 27th chart week. He’d last reached the upper region with “Who I Am With You,” which peaked at No. 2 last summer.

Young’s chart history includes five No. 1s (achieved consecutively in 2009-12), a perch he most recently occupied three years ago with “You.” “Eyes” is the third single from Young’s A.M. album.

NEW COUNTRY: All three debuts on the Country Airplay chart mark first-time appearances for the respective artists, led by Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 54 for singer/songwriter Michael Ray’s “Kiss You in the Morning.” Ray is a Florida native and co-wrote Big & Rich‘s current single, “Run Away With You,” which climbs 50-48.

As featured last week in Billboard‘s “Tomorrow’s Hits” spotlight, Cam (real name Camaron Ochs) bows on Country Airplay at No. 58 with “My Mistake.” Her name appears among the songwriting credits on Miley CyrusBangerz album. She’s working on her debut set with producers Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Beyonce) and Tyler Johnson (Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran).

Also new on the chart is Austin, Texas-based duo Waterloo Revival (George Birge and Cody Cooper). The twosome makes its major-label debut with lead single, “Hit the Road,” which debuts at No. 60.