There’s a brand new name topping the mountain this week as Easton Corbin posts his first No. 1 single — “A Little More Country Than That” — on the Billboard country songs chart after a steady climb of 32 weeks.
“But what,” you ask with cutely furrowed brow, “of Lady Antebellum?” Fret not. The turbo-charged trio’s Need You Now continues to be country music’s best-selling album for the eighth consecutive week.
Need You Now has also bounced back to the peak of the Billboard 200 all-genres list, the fourth time it has occupied that eminence. By Nielsen SoundScan’s accounting, the album sold just over 93,000 copies this week, bringing its total sales to nearly 1.5 million.
Brantley Gilbert’s Halfway to Heaven is the week’s highest-debuting album, swinging in at No. 19. The only other newcomer CD is Jessica Harp’s A Woman Needs, which bows at No. 31.
The first-time songs are Gloriana’s “The World Is Ours Tonight” (No. 51) and Randy Montana’s “Ain’t Much Left of Lovin’ You” (No. 59). Montana, by the way, is the son of singer-songwriter Billy Montana, who co-penned Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory,” Jo Dee Messina’s “Bring On the Rain” and Sara Evans’ “Suds in the Bucket.”
Re-entering the albums chart are Brantley Gilbert’s A Modern Day Prodigal Son (No. 71) and Bill Engvall’s Aged and Confused (No. 74). On the songs chart, two titles return — Josh Thompson’s “Way Out Here” (No. 58) and Katie Armiger’s “Kiss Me Now” (No. 60).
Grab the sunscreen, aficionados. Things are heating up.