OK, Darius Rucker, we get the message.
The former frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish dramatically asserts his hillbilly creds this week by scoring both the top album and top song on Billboard’s country charts. The album, which debuted at No. 1 with first week sales of more than 60,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), is Learn to Live and the song “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.”
Four other albums make their first chart curtsy: the Eli Young Band’s Jet Black & Jealous (at No. 5), Kristy Lee Cook’s Why Wait (No. 8), The Imus Ranch Record by various artists (No. 11) and Eric Durrance’s Angels Fly Away (No. 70).
How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites From the Grand Ole Opry, another multi-artist collection, returns to the chart at No. 66.
Only two new songs rear their lyrical heads: Dierks Bentley’s “Feel That Fire” (No. 49) and Darryl Worley’s “Tequila on Ice” (No. 56). Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” catapults from No. 25 to No. 18 in just its second week on the chart.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Kenny Chesney’s “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” Jimmy Wayne’s “Do You Believe Me Now,” Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” and Toby Keith’s “She Never Cried in Front of Me.”
Who knew that the future of country was rock?