For only the second time this year, Lady Antebellum have surrendered the top bunk on Billboard’s country album chart. The victor is Blake Shelton’s new EP, All About Tonight, which bumps Lady A’s usually triumphant Need You Now down to the No. 2 berth.
Equally cool for Shelton, his current single, also titled “All About Tonight,” barrels into No. 1 on Billboard’s country songs chart, shoving last week’s chart-topper, the Zac Brown Band’s “Free,” back to No. 3.
Shelton’s first-week sales for All About Tonight amount to 32,607 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, compared to Need You Now’s 29th week total sale of 23,779 units. The latter album has sold 2.5 million copies since it charted at the start of this year.
This week’s highest debuting new song is “As She’s Walking Away” by the Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson. It arrives at No. 32. The other first-timers are Laura Bell Bundy’s “Drop On By” (No. 58) and Blaine Larsen’s “Leavin'” (No. 59). Sarah Marince’s “In the Meantime” makes a comeback at No. 60.
Albums No. 3 through No. 5, in that order, are the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation, Miranda Lambert’s Revolution and Jerrod Niemann’s Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury (which temporarily toppled Need You Now two weeks ago).
Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall,” now in its fifth week out, resumes its steady advance by striding from No. 11 to No. 9. Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue” is also eager to breathe that mountaintop air. In its fourth week on the charts, it climbs from No. 17 to No. 16.