Trace Adkins Has Top Album, Blake Shelton Keeps No. 1 Song

Josh Kelley's "Georgia Clay" Is Highest-Debuting Single

Trace AdkinsCowboy’s Back in Town meteors into first place this week on the Billboard country albums chart with first-week sales of just under 50,000 copies. This is Adkins’ maiden CD for Show Dog-Universal.

As luck would have it, Adkins’ equally sky-scraping “Hillbilly Bone” singing partner, Blake Shelton, is also a chart-topper. His “All About Tonight” holds as the No. 1 country song for the second week.

Other albums making their debut are Lady Antebellum’s iTunes Session EP (No. 3), Jennette McCurdy Not That Far Away EP (No. 32) and the McClymonts’ Chaos and Bright Lights (No. 73).

There are five new songs to cite: Josh Kelley’s “Georgia Clay” (No. 50), Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song” (No. 55), Jamey Johnson’s “Playing the Part” (No. 57), Josh Gracin’s “Cover Girl” (No. 58) and Dierks Bentley’s “Draw Me a Map” (No. 60). Kelley is the older brother of Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, who is also a co-writer of “Georgia Clay.”

Trailing Adkins in the Top 5 albums list are Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (No. 2), Shelton’s All About Tonight EP (No. 4) and the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation (No. 5).

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs, in that order, are Keith Urban’s “I’m In,” Billy Currington’s “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy” and Lady Antebellum’s “Our Kind of Love.”

And what of Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall,” you ask? Well, the team is gaining ground one yard at a time. This week, with teeth bared and sweat cascading like Niagara, it muscles its way from No. 9 to No. 8. The goal posts are in sight.

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