As anticipated, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now has bobbed back to the top of Billboard’s country albums chart after having been dethroned last week by Jerrod Niemann’s Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury. Niemann drops to No. 3.
Leading the list of new albums is Sweet Home Alabama: The Country Music Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, which debuts at No. 12. The other freshmen are Asleep at the Wheel’s It’s a Good Thing (No. 57) and Guy Penrod’s Breathe Deep (No. 64).
Sugarland boasts the highest-debuting new song, “Stuck Like Glue” (No. 44). Also charting for the first time are Joe Nichols’ “The Shape I’m In” (No. 55) and Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” (No. 57). Returnees include Stealing Angels’ “He’d Better Be Dead” (No. 54) and the Zac Brown Band’s “A Different Kind of Fine” (No. 60).
Completing this week’s Top 5 albums cluster are the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation (No. 2), Miranda Lambert’s Revolution (No. 4) and Underwood’s Play On (No. 5).
Keep an ear out for Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall.” It leaps from No. 17 to No. 14, and it’s just been on the chart two weeks.