Brad Paisley’s “Water” has washed away Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” from its four-week residency at No. 1 on Billboard’s country songs chart. But like a tree planted by the water, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now will not be moved from the top ground on the country albums chart where it has reposed for 22 consecutive weeks.
Just for the record, “Water” arrives at No. 1 after a 24-week surge up the chart.
Jaron and the Long Road to Love’s Getting Dressed in the Dark is the highest-debuting new album. It checks in at a comfortable No. 2 on first-week sales of nearly 24,000 copies.
Also new on the albums list are the Uncle Kracker EP, Happy Hour: The South River Road Sessions (No. 9), and Mark Chesnutt’s Outlaw (No. 42). Returnees include the Josh Abbott Band’s She’s Like Texas (No. 70) and Elizabeth Cook’s Welder (No. 72).
Taking the spotlight as the week’s highest-charting new song is Darius Rucker’s “Come Back Song” (No. 44). Jennette McCurdy, one of the stars of Nickelodeon’s iCarly, makes her country chart debut with “Not That Far Away” (No. 58). Also arriving are Williams Riley’s “Makes Me Go (La La)” (No. 59) and, interestingly, Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” (No. 60). Train’s upbeat song was a No. 1 hit at adult contemporary radio earlier this year.
Remember to keep those firecrackers away from the barbecue.