Kenny Chesney debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, Keith Urban rules Hot Country Songs

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Kenny Chesney scores his 14th No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated Nov. 19), as Cosmic Hallelujah bows at the summit. In its first sales week (ending Nov. 3), the album sold 79,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. It also opens at No. 1 on the all-genre Top Album Sales chart, where it's his eighth leader.

Cosmic Hallelujah is Chesney's first album since The Big Revival, which debuted at No. 1 (with 130,000 sold) on Top Country Albums on Oct. 11, 2014.

With 14 Top Country Albums No. 1s, Chesney ties Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson for fifth place among acts with the most leaders in the list's nearly 53-year history. George Strait leads with 26, followed by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson (16 each) and Tim McGraw (15).

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Trisha Yearwood performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Kelsea Ballerini performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Kix Brooks, Jason Aldean, and Ronnie Dunn perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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THE 50th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS - The 50th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, broadcasts live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, November 2 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) BRAD PAISLEY, CARRIE UNDERWOOD
THE 50th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS - The 50th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, broadcasts live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, November 2 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE UNDERWOOD, RANDY TRAVIS, BRAD PAISLEY, VINCE GILL, REBA MCENTIRE
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Hayley Orrantia, Olivia Newton-John and Wendi McLendon-Covey speak onstage during the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Brad Paisley and Charley Pride perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Kelsea Ballerini performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman presents an award onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis and Brad Paisley perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Reba McEntire speaks onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Roy Clark and Brad Paisley perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Singer-songwriter Maren Morris performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Jennifer Garner speaks onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Philip Sweet of Little Big Town accept an award onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Keith Urban performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Charlie Daniels, Charley Pride, Dwight Yoakam, Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, and Vince Gill perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
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"Setting the World on Fire," the second single from Cosmic Hallelujah (featuring P!nk), topped both Country Airplay (Nov. 5) and Hot Country Songs (for three weeks beginning Oct. 22). The album's lead single, "Noise," peaked at Nos. 6 and 14 on the tallies, respectively.

The last week has been chock-full of honors for Chesney. At the 50th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on Nov. 2, broadcast on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, he was presented with the Pinnacle Award, joining inaugural winner Brooks (2005) and Taylor Swift (2013) as its only recipients. The honor recognizes artists who have achieved global prominence through performances and record sales. The previous night (Nov. 1), Chesney was honored with the all-genre BMI President's Award. (Prior winners include Brooks & Dunn, Willie Nelson and P!nk.)

FOR 'BLUE,' SKY IS THE LIMIT: Keith Urban earns his 16th Hot Country Songs No. 1, and first in three years, as "Blue Ain't Your Color" rises 2-1. Following Urban's performance of the song on the CMA Awards, its download sales swell by 61 percent to 54,000, as it leads the Country Digital Song Sales chart for a third week; Urban's first No. 1 on the sales list scores its best sales week. On Country Airplay, "Blue" bumps 10-8, up 3 percent to 31.4 million in audience. It holds at No. 2 on Country Streaming Songs, increasing by 9 percent to 3.8 million U.S. streams.

Urban rules Hot Country Songs for the first time since "We Were Us," with Miranda Lambert, led for three weeks beginning Nov. 23, 2013. He first reigned with "But for the Grace of God" (Feb. 24, 2001).


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