Gary Allan Barrels In With No. 2 Album — With Lady A Still Holding the Fort

With Some Help From Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton Has Top Song With "Hillbilly Bone"

Gary Allan claims the week’s highest-debuting album as his Get Off on the Pain winces in at No. 2 on the Billboard chart, but country fans are still crazy over Lady Antebellum’s latest collection.

But there’s been another turnover on the country songs chart. Blake Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” (featuring Trace Adkins) moves into No. 1, flipping last week’s champ — Billy Currington’s “That’s How Country Boys Roll” — all the way down to No. 6.

First-week sales of Allan’s album totaled just under 65,000 units, an impressive achievement, to be sure. However, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now is now topping the Billboard country chart for the seventh straight week. Lady A sold almost 105,000 copies during the seven-day period, bringing total sales of Need You Now to more than 1.3 million.

The two other albums making their first appearances on the chart are Christian Kane’s self-titled EP, bowing at No. 28, and Matt Kennon’s The Call, also an EP, which enters at No. 65.

The returnees are Steel Magnolia’s self-titled debut (at No. 72) and Joey & Rory’s The Life of a Song (No. 75).

James Otto’s “Groovy Little Summer Song,” which climbs aboard at No. 54, is the week’s lone new song. But Brad Paisley’s “Water” trickles back onto the chart at No. 48, and Mallary Hope’s “Blossom in the Dust” resurfaces at No. 60

Following Lady A and Allan in the Top 5 albums cluster are Shelton’s Hillbilly Bone, Danny Gokey’s My Best Days and the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation, in that order.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Easton Corbin’s “A Little More Country Than That,” Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home,” Josh Turner’s “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and the Zac Brown Band’s “Highway 20 Ride.”

What wonders of promotional muscle await us at our next meeting? I’m already shivering a little.

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