Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols Reign On

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Troy Olsen Claim Top New Album, Song Slots

Well, there are at least two landmarks that weren’t washed over in the Great Nashville Flood of 2010: Lady Antebellum’s and Joe Nichols’s perches on Billboard’s country albums and songs charts, respectively.

Lady A’s Need You Now stays No. 1 for its 14th consecutive week, while Nichols’ “Gimmie That Girl” settles in for its second seven-day stint at the top.

Mary Chapin Carpenter, CMA’s female vocalist of the year in 1992 and ’93, has the highest-debuting album. Dubbed The Age of Miracles, it enters at No. 6.

Also climbing aboard for the first time are Lonestar’s Party Heard Around the World (No. 20), Jo Dee Messina’s Unmistakable: Trilogy: Love (No. 21), Wade Bowen’s Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (No. 41) and Bucky Covington’s I’m Alright (No. 73).

The week’s top-charting new songs are Troy Olsen’s “Summer Thing” (No. 61), the JaneDear Girls’ “Wildflower” (No. 58) and Keith Urban’s “I’m In” (No. 60).

Lining up in order behind Need You Now in the Top 5 albums section are the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation, Miranda Lambert’s Revolution, Carrie Underwood’s Play On and Taylor Swift’s Fearless.

Completing the Top 5 songs set are Chris Young’s “The Man I Want to Be” (leapfrogging from No. 4 to No. 2), Kenny Chesney’s “Ain’t Back Yet,” Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey” and George Strait’s “I Gotta Get to You.”

Word is that despite all the water damage to downtown Nashville, the CMA Music Festival will surge on as planned. You’re coming of course?

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