Joe Nichols boasts this week’s top country song, “Gimmie That Girl,” Billboard reports. And you will not likely topple over in surprise to learn that Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now remains No. 1 on the album rankings. It’s been there since it debuted 13 weeks back.
The highest charting new album is Willie Nelson’s Country Music, which screeches in at No. 4. The other newcomers are Colt Ford’s Chicken & Biscuits (No. 8), Merle Haggard’s I Am What I Am (No. 18), Jason Boland & the Stragglers’ High in the Rockies: A Live Album (No. 27) and Whitney Duncan’s Right Road Now (No. 41).
Kellie Pickler’s “Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again” leads the new-song entries at No. 53. Also making their first appearances are Montgomery Gentry’s “While You’re Still Young” (No. 59) and the LoCash Cowboys’ “Here Comes Summer” (No. 60).
Albums occupying the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 spots are the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation, Miranda Lambert’s Revolution and Carrie Underwood’s Play On, in that order. (For the first time in memory, Taylor Swift’s Fearless slips out of the Top 5 to land at No. 7.)
Parading directly behind “Gimmie That Girl” within the Top 5 songs are Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey” (which was No. 1 the past two weeks), Kenny Chesney’s “Ain’t Back Yet,” Chris Young’s “The Man I Want to Be” and the Zac Brown Band’s “Highway 20 Ride.”
So did the ACM Awards show boost album sales? Looks like it. According to the Nielsen SoundScan tally, sales of Need You Now were up by more than 17,000 copies from the week before. Revolution increased by nearly 6,000 units and Play On by slightly more than 6,000. Total country album sales (not including catalog titles) increased by almost 104,000 units.
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