Lady Antebellum’s First Album Debuts at No. 1

George Strait Has Top Song With "I Saw God Today"

Lady Antebellum’s self-titled CD debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart this week with first-round sales of 43,384 units. Making this sunny achievement all the more remarkable is the fact that the Capitol Records trio has yet to score a Top 5 single to give its album a big airplay boost.

“Love Don’t Live Here,” Lady Antebellum’s first single, currently sits at No. 9 after 29 weeks on the chart.

On the songs list, George Strait racks up another chart-topper with “I Saw God Today,” which reaches the summit just 11 weeks after its release.

The only other new album this period is Yonder Mountain String Band’s Mountain Tracks: Volume 5. It enters at No. 67. Joe Nichols’ Real Things returns to the chart at No. 70.

There are five new songs to report, all of them rather low on the chart. Chuck Wicks’ “All I Ever Wanted” bows at No. 50, followed by Darius Rucker’s “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” (No. 51), Eric Church’s “His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love)” (No. 55), Rissi Palmer’s “Hold On to Me” (No. 59) and Kevin Fowler’s “Best Mistake I Ever Made” (No. 60).

Trailing Lady Antebellum within the Top 5 albums are Strait’s Troubadour, Taylor Swift’s eponymous juggernaut, James Otto’s Sunset Man and Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride, in that order.

Parading directly behind Strait’s top song are Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Otto’s “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” Swift’s “Picture to Burn” and Phil Vassar’s “Love Is a Beautiful Thing.”

That’s the buzz for now. Stay tuned.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to