Brad Paisley, Hannah Montana Again Crown the Charts

Jake Owen, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses Boast Top New Entries

Chalk up another week at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for Brad Paisley’s song “Then” and the soundtrack album to Hannah Montana: The Movie.

It’s worth noting that only 428,662 country music albums were sold this past week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In country’s glory days of the early 1990s, a single artist would often sell that many in the same amount of time.

Two new albums enter the chart this week: Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses’ Roadhouse Sun at No. 17 and Dierks Bentley’s iTunes: Live From Soho at No. 51.

The returning albums are Country’s 20 Classic Songs of the Century by various artists (resurfacing at No. 60) and Elvis Presley’s Collector’s Edition: Elvis Inspirational Memories (No. 72).

Jake Owen claims this week’s highest charting new song. His “Eight Second Ride” lands at No. 57. The only other newbies are the Lost Trailers’ “Country Folks Livin’ Loud” (No. 58) and Steve Azar’s “Moo La Moo” (No. 60).

Trailing Hannah Montana on the Top 5 CDs list are Kenny Chesney’s Greatest Hits II, Taylor Swift’s Fearless, Rascal FlattsUnstoppable and the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation, in that order.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Chesney’s “Out Last Night,” Keith Urban’s “Kiss a Girl,” the Zac Brown Band’s “Whatever It Is” and Bentley’s “Sideways.”

Now let’s see what this week’s CMA Music Festival does to ramp up record sales.

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