Garth Brooks Returns to Top Country Albums Summit

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Garth Brooks returns to Top Country Albums, as "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" debuts at No. 1 with 164,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set, named after the opening line in his 1990 Hot Country Songs smash "Friends in Low Places," is Brooks' 13th No. 1 on the list and first since his last entry, "The Ultimate Hits," led for two weeks in December 2007.

Of Brooks' 16 chart entries, only three have missed the top: his 1989 self-titled debut, and two Christmas sets, 1992's "Beyond the Season" and 2001's "The Magic of Christmas – Songs From Call Me Claus."

Here's an updated rundown of Brooks' lucky 13 leaders on Top Country Albums:

Title, Weeks at No. 1, Chart Date Reached No. 1
"No Fences," 41, Oct. 13, 1990
"Ropin' the Wind," 33, Sept. 28, 1991
"The Chase," 16, Oct. 10, 1992}
"In Pieces," seven, Sept. 18, 1993
"The Hits," 16, Dec. 31, 1994
"Fresh Horses," seven, Dec. 9, 1995
"Sevens," 13, Dec. 13, 1997
"The Limited Series," four, May 23, 1998
"Double Live," eight, Dec. 5, 1998
"The Magic of Christmas," one, Dec. 18, 1999
"Scarecrow," seven, Dec. 1, 2991
"The Ultimate Hits," two, Dec. 1, 2007
"Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences," one (to date), Dec. 14, 2013

Brooks' renowned success has vaulted him to the vaunted title of best-selling album artist since SoundScan began tracking U.S. sales data in 1991. With 68.8 million albums sold, he outranks runners-up the Beatles (64.9 million) and, in third place, Mariah Carey (54.1 million) in that span.

Sold exclusively at Walmart, the six-CD/two-DVD "Roots" set moved its initial chart sum in less than four days on sale, as it was released on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28; the latest SoundScan tracking week ended on Sunday, Dec. 1). The release was supported by a two-hour live CBS-TV concert special that aired on Nov. 29.

LINE DANCES: Almost exactly a year after the duo logged its first leader, Florida Georgia Line claims its second No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as "Stay" steps 2-1. The twosome scored its first leader when "Cruise" reached the summit on the Dec. 22, 2012, chart, kicking off its record run of 24 cumulative weeks at No. 1.

In between its two No. 1s, FGL peaked at No. 5 with "Get Your Shine On" in April and No. 3 with "Round Here" in September.

The pair has also beefed up its debut full-length album "Here's to the Good Times" with five new songs and other bonus material. Subtitled "This Is How We Roll," it spikes by 222% to 69,000, its best weekly sum. The original version bowed with 63,000 also on Dec. 22, 2012. With the original and deluxe editions counting as one entry, the release celebrates a year on Top Country Albums. It's sold 1.3 million to-date.

Each of the set's five new songs enters Hot Country Songs, led by "This Is How We Roll" (featuring Luke Bryan), which snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 18 and bows atop Country Digital Songs (52,000 downloads sold).

Bryan, meanwhile, claims his 13th top 10 on Hot Country Songs, as "Drink a Beer" hops 11-7.

'BERY GOOD: After winning the fourth season of NBC's "The Voice" earlier this year, Danielle Bradbery opens at No. 5 on Top Country Albums with her self-titled debut set (42,000 sold).

Her single "The Heart of Dixie" concurrently earns honors as the Digital and Streaming Gainer (367,000 U.S. streams, up 21%, according to Nielsen BDS) on Hot Country Songs, where it lifts 28-25.

Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield

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