Now in its 11th straight week at No. 1, Lady Antebellum‘s Need You Now is shaping up to be the Fearless of 2010. You may recall that Taylor Swift‘s album of that name dominated last year’s charts on its way to becoming the overall bestseller of that period.
To add thrust to Lady A’s already crushing momentum, they also boast this week’s top country song, “American Honey.” It rocketed to No. 1 in just 17 weeks. While that’s a faster than usual trip up the charts, it’s worth noting that Kenny Chesney‘s “Ain’t Back Yet,” which currently ranks at No. 4, took a mere nine weeks to get there.
Loretta Lynn‘s 50th Anniversary Collection is this week’s highest-debuting album, breaking through at No. 44. The other newcomers are The Band Perry‘s self-titled EP (No. 46), the Grascals‘ The Famous Lefty Flynn (No. 61), Kenny Rogers‘ 10 Great Songs (No. 68) and Kyle Park’s Spring 2010 EP (No. 69).
Arrayed directly behind Need You Now in the Top 5 albums cluster are Alan Jackson‘s Freight Train, the Zac Brown Band‘s The Foundation, Swift’s Fearless and Miranda Lambert‘s Revolution, which takes a big jump from No. 11 to No. 5.
Lyric Street Records, home to Rascal Flatts, closed as a Nashville label this week, although it will keep its promotion department intact for the time being to service its existing acts.
And Joe Galante, the man who helped mastermind the careers of such behemoths as Jackson, Chesney, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Clint Black and Brad Paisley, has relinquished the helm at Sony Music Entertainment. These are certainly tremors to an already shaky recording industry. The question is: Do they portend an earthquake?