All hail, King George!
George Strait’s Troubadour tops both Billboard’s country and all-genres album charts this week with first-week sales of more than 166,000 copies. That’s quite an achievement for a guy who first began charting 27 years ago.
Trade Adkins looms on the peak of the song chart for the second straight week with “You’re Gonna Miss This.” In so doing, he holds Strait’s “I Saw God Today” at bay in the No. 2 niche.
Five other albums make their first visit to the charts this period. Entering at a very impressive No. 4 is Josh Gracin’s We Weren’t Crazy, followed by Aaron Watson’s Angels & Outlaws (No. 28), Willie Nelson’s One Hell of a Ride (No. 46), Kathy Mattea’s Coal (No. 64) and the various-artist assemblage, The Very Best of Outlaw Country (No. 65). Nelson, by the way, has been charting since 1962 and Mattea since 1983.
Only two new songs crack this week’s listing — former Trick Pony member Heidi Newfield’s “Johnny & June” (No. 46) and Lonestar’s “Let Me Love You” (No. 60). After its quick on-and-off debut, Dolly Parton’s “Jesus & Gravity” returns at No. 56.
Among the week’s remaining Top 5 albums, Taylor Swift’s self-titled CD simmers at No. 2, Alan Jackson’s Good Time at No. 3 and Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride at No. 5.
Trailing Adkins and Strait within the Top 5 songs, in descending order, are Chris Cagle’s “What Kinda Gone,” James Otto’s “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” and Swift’s “Picture to Burn.”