Taylor Swift’s new treasure chest, Fearless, holds the top spot on Billboard’s country albums chart for the second week, thanks to sales of another 217,000 copies. That gives her total sales to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan, of more than 800,000 albums.
But let’s also ring a few bells for the Zac Brown Band, whose “Chicken Fried” is now the No. 1 country song in the land. It reached the pinnacle in a climb that started 23 weeks ago.
Equally impressive, the Zac Brown Band’s debut album, The Foundation, is this week’s highest-charting new title, swinging in at No. 3. Also surfacing for the first time are Blake Shelton’s Startin’ Fires (No. 7) and Randy Houser’s Anything Goes (No. 21).
Now get out there right now and buy tons and tons of albums. Jobs depend on it. Ours.