Tuesday, November 22, 2016
– Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood led the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with their first holiday disc, "Christmas Together," for the week ending Dec. 3. Keith Urban topped the Hot Country Songs chart again with "Blue Ain't Your Color."
Brooks actually had one of the biggest selling discs of the week with his 10-CD box set, "The Ultimate Collection," selling 134,000 units. But the set was not eligible. Its $29.99 price fell below the minimum required price of $3.49 times the amount of discs ($34.99) for the first four weeks of release. A Tribe Called Quest was first on Billboard with 135,000 equivalent album units moved.
Brooks and Yearwood sold 21,000 units. Home Free was second on the albums chart with its Christmas disc "Full of (Even More) Cheer." Ronnie Dunn debuted in fourth with "Tattooed Heart." Chris Stapleton was fourth and last week's chart topper, "Cosmic Hallelujah" from Kenny Chesney, rounded out the top five with "Traveller."
George Strait was 11th, up 3 with "Strait for the Holidays," 1 ahead of Rascal Flatts' recent Xmas offering, "The Greatest Gift of All." Hillary Scott & the Scott Family closed out the top 25 with "Love Remains," up 3.
Florida Georgia Line was second on the songs chart with "May We All," its hit with Tim McGraw. Brett Young's "Sleep Without You" was third, one ahead of Cole Swindell's "Middle of a Memory." Jason Aldean was fifth with "A Little More Summertime."
Brett Eldredge moved four spots to eighth with "Wanna Be That Strong." Blake Shelton was 16th, up 5, with "A Guy With a Girl." Jon Pardi's "Dirt On My Boots" climbed 3 to 19. Dustin Lynch was at 22 with "Seein' Red," up 5. Brantley Gilbert closed out the top 25 with "The Weekend," up 3.
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage debuted in first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "All the Rage: Rhonda Vincent And the Rage in Concert, Volume One." Bradley Walker was second with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band held third with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, Tn." Dwight Yoakam was fourth with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Balsam Range was fifth, up 10, with "Mountain Voodoo."
Leonard Cohen led the Folk/Americana chart with "You Want It Darker." Stapleton was second with "Traveller," Chuck Murphy third with "Peace Be With You," Bob Dylan fourth with "The 1966 Live Recordings" and Hart Valley Drifters debuting in fifth with "Folk Time."
On the overall top 200, Brooks and Yearwood were 11th, Stapleton 16th, Keith Urban with "Ripcord" 26th, Chesney 30th and Dunn 33rd. The top 200 and country albums chart use different criteria.