Jerrod Niemann is hotter than a Nashville sidewalk at noon.
Two weeks ago, his debut album — Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury — entered the Billboard country chart at No. 1. This week, his new single — “Lover, Lover” — reigns as the top country song.
The reliably triumphant Lady Antebellum continues to crown the album chart with Need You Now. It’s been there for 26 of the past 27 weeks.
Michael Sarver’s self-titled album is the only new entry. It bows in at No. 58. Re-entering the chart are Chely Wright’s Lifted Off the Ground (No. 68) and two Colt Ford CDs — Live From the Suwannee River Jam (No. 71) and Country Is as Country Does (No. 74).
Rascal Flatts’ “Why Wait” is the highest-debuting new song. It enters at No. 34. The other newcomers are Luke Bryan’s “Someone Else Calling You Baby” (No. 52), Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Country Strong” (No. 55), Sarah Marince’s “In the Meantime” (No. 59) and Craig Campbell’s “Family Man” (No. 60).
(Paltrow is by no means the first movie star to chart a country song. Sissy Spacek charted four singles in the early ’80s. Robert Mitchum had a Top 10 in 1967 with “That Little Old Wine Drinker Me” and a follow-up that reached only No. 55. Burt Reynolds contributed the memorably titled “Let’s Do Something Cheap and Superficial” in 1980. Clint Eastwood teamed up with Merle Haggard for the No. 1 “Bar Room Buddies,” also in 1980. And the list goes on.)
Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation, the aforementioned Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, Miranda Lambert’s Revolution and Carrie Underwood’s Play On.