The Billboard country charts welcome four new albums and four new songs this week, even as Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now and Chris Young’s “The Man I Want to Be” persist in their occupations of the No. 1 spots.
For those of you keeping count, this is Lady A’s 16th week at the top and Young’s second.
Matt Kennon’s self-titled CD makes the highest album debut, entering at No. 19. Then comes Elizabeth Cook’s Welder (No. 43), Jim Lauderdale’s Patchwork River (No. 47) and, finally, Kris Kristofferson’s Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-1972 (No. 61).
Diamond Rio’s The Reason returns to the chart at No. 70.
Leading the new-song entries is Trace Adkins’ “This Ain’t No Love Song” (No. 54), trailed by Jack Ingram’s “Barbie Doll” (No. 56), The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” (No. 57) and Colt Ford’s “Chicken & Biscuits” (No. 60).
Fearless, last year’s album juggernaut, has been on or near the peak of the albums chart for 79 consecutive weeks and has sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, nearly 6 million copies.
It’s just about just three weeks until the CMA Music Festival. Are you packed yet?