As of November, 2015, country music artists topping the charts include Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood. Each artist has full albums, as well as singles, within the Billboard Country Music charts. Rankings are compiled based on sales, requests and radio airplay.
At the start of November, 2015, Luke Bryan's latest release, "Kill the Lights," has spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Country Music Album chart, peaking at number one, while Thomas Rhett's "Tangled Up" has spent four weeks on the chart, peaking at number two, with his number one sophomore single, "Crash and Burn." Luke Bryan has penned multi-platinum selling albums, and continues to receive country music award nominations and wins. Bryan also continues to travel on sold-out stadium tours throughout the United States.
Carrie Underwood has long-solidified her place in country music with four previous chart-topping albums and record-breaking chart-topping singles. Her fifth studio album, "Storyteller" debuted in October, 2015, at number 25, but continues to climb the charts, along with her single "Smoke Break" off of the same album. In early 2015, Underwood's single "Something in the Water," from her album, "Greatest Hits: Volume One," topped both country and Christian charts, and earned her a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance.