Lady Antebellum and Josh Turner Still Ride Tallest in the Saddle

Josh Abbott Band, Jason Aldean Have Highest Debuting Album, Song


While other contenders snort and paw the ground impatiently, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now and Josh Turner’s “Why Don’t We Just Dance” persist as Billboard’s top country album and song. This makes four weeks at No. 1 for Lady A and three for Turner.

There are only two new albums to spotlight: the Josh Abbott Band’s She’s Like Texas, debuting at No. 28, and Brandon Rhyder’s Head Above Water, pouring in at No. 41.

Returning to the chart are Diamond Rio’s The Reason (No. 64), the multi-artist Best of Country Gospel (No. 73) and Kris Kristofferson’s Closer to the Bone (No. 74).

The week’s highest-charting of five new songs is Jason Aldean’s “Crazy Town,” which arrives at No. 49 and is followed by Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” (No. 51), Jerrod Niemann’s “Lover, Lover” (No. 52), Ash Bowers’ “Ain’t No Stopping Her Now” (No. 53) and Blaine Larsen’s “Chillin'” (No. 54).

The Eli Young Band’s “Guinevere” re-enters at No. 60.

Albums No. 2 through No. 5, in that order, are Turner’s Haywire, Taylor Swift’s Fearless, the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation and Carrie Underwood’s Play On.

Trailing directly behind Turner in the Top 5 songs cluster are Brad Paisley’s “American Saturday Night,” Darius Rucker’s “History in the Making,” Aldean’s “The Truth” and Billy Currington’s “That’s How Country Boys Roll.”

Keep an eye on Kenny Chesney’s “Ain’t Back Yet.” It vaults from No. 23 to No. 15 this week.

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