Zac Brown Band’s “Free” Plants Its Flag at Top of Songs Chart

Lady Antebellum's Need You Now Persists as No. 1 Album

The Zac Brown Band boast America’s most-played country song this week as its “Free” moves into the top suite in Billboard. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now remains the No. 1 album — as it has been for 27 of the past 28 weeks.

There’s just one new album to report. It’s Mud Digger, a multi-artist anthology featuring Colt Ford, Sunny Ledfurd and others, which bows at No. 46. Re-entering the chart are Rosanne Cash’s The List (No. 68), Alan Jackson’s Songs of Love and Heartache (No. 70), Guy Penrod’s Breathe Deep (No. 71) and Brantley Gilbert’s A Modern Day Prodigal Son (No. 72).

Songs making their debut include Taylor Swift’s “Mine” (No. 26), Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” (No. 41), Brad Paisley’s “Anything Like Me” (No. 42) and Clay Walker’s “Where Do I Go From You” (No. 60).

The Zac Brown Band’s “A Different Kind of Fine” resurfaces at No. 59.

Parading in behind Lady A in the Top 5 albums cluster are the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation, Jerrod Niemann’s Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, Miranda Lambert’s Revolution and Carrie Underwood’s Play On, in that order.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Keith Urban’s “I’m In,” Blake Shelton’s “All About Tonight,” Niemann’s “Lover, Lover” (last week’s No. 1) and Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy.”

Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall” holds at No. 11 for its second week. Must be some kind of traffic jam to slow this one down.

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