Zac Brown Band snares the Hot Shot Debut at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with “The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1,” a four-song EP produced by Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. The set bows with 27,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (and debuts at No. 25 on the Billboard 200).
After a chance meeting, Brown and Grohl became friends and, now, musical collaborators. “While we’ve got a great foothold in country music, that doesn’t encompass everything we do,” Brown says. “Dave Grohl’s street credit and the energy that was brought into these recording sessions, it’s a big deal for us.”
The new EP is ZBB’s second, following “Live from Bonnaroo,” which began and peaked at No. 20 four years ago. The band’s chart history on Top Country Albums includes four full-length studio sets, two of which debuted at No. 1: “You Get What You Give” (2010) and “Uncaged” (2012).
Concurrently, “Sweet Annie,” the fourth single from “Uncaged,” becomes the band’s 12th top 10 on Hot Country Songs, where it jumps 12-7. With a 9-5 hop on the Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay list, “Annie” logs a fourth straight week in the top 10.
‘CAROLINA’ ON OUR MINDS: A week after celebrating its first Country Airplay chart leader with “Carolina,” rookie group Parmalee opens for the first time on Top Country Albums with “Feels Like Carolina,” which starts at No. 10 (14,000 sold). Meanwhile, “Carolina” reaches a new peak on Hot Country Songs, where it rises 5-2. It also achieves its best rank to date on Country Digital Songs, where it vaults 18-3 (32,000, up 103%).
Country Digital Songs is led for a second week by Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer” (45,000, up 2%).
With Greatest Gainer honors (172,000, up 17%), Garth Brooks’ “Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences” crowns Top Country Albums for a third week. Brooks has now totaled 158 weeks at No. 1 on the ranking dating to his first week on top with his sophomore album “No Fences” the week of Oct. 13, 1990. In that span, Shania Twain is next with 96 weeks at the summit, followed by Taylor Swift (89).
HOT COLE: Newcomer Cole Swindell claims his first top 10 on Hot Country Songs with “Chillin’ It,” which jumps 11-8. Swindell concurrently becomes the seventh artist to achieve a first top 10 this year on Country Airplay, where “Chillin’ It” heats up 11-9. He follows fellow top 10 first-timers Kacey Musgraves, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Thomas Rhett, Parmalee and Eric Paslay.
Florida Georgia Line posts a third consecutive week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with “Stay.”
‘SHAMELESS’ PLUG: Cole Vosbury, a top-five finisher on the just-wrapped fifth season of NBC’s “The Voice,” hooks the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Country Songs at No. 29 with “Shameless,” which he performed on the Dec. 9 episode. The song bows at No. 7 on Country Digital Songs (26,000). Garth Brooks’ cover of the Billy Joel song spent two weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs in 1991.