Zac Brown Band Crowns Album Charts With You Get What You Give

Kenny Chesney's "The Boys of Fall" Wins the Songs Tournament

The Billboard country charts have practically come to a boil this week. Lots of new albums and songs — and lots of jockeying for position.

The Zac Brown Band’s new album, You Get What You Give, debuts emphatically at No. 1 with first-week sales of 153,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. On top of that, it also edges out several non-country titles to debut at No. 1 on the all-encompassing Billboard 200 chart.

And the song we all knew was destined for the top — Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall” — has arrived there after just an 11-week climb, a much faster ascent than most singles.

It’s happy hour for Billy Currington, too, as his Enjoy Yourself CD checks in at No. 2.

Celebrations are in order, as well, for these new arrivals: Randy Houser’s They Call Me Cadillac (No. 8), Kyle Park’s Fall 2010 EP (No. 56), Rhonda Vincent’s Taken (No. 59) and Walker Hayes’ self-titled EP (No. 66).

Five songs make their initial bow this week: Tim McGraw’s “Felt Good on My Lips” (No. 33), Toby Keith’s “Bullets in the Gun” (No. 37), Billy Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy” (No. 46), Jerrod Niemann’s “What Do You Want” (No. 49) and Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World” (No. 53).

The No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Jamey Johnson’s Guitar Song (last week’s No. 1), Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now and the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation (which has now sold 2.2 million units).

Rounding out the Top 5 songs, in descending order, are Josh Turner’s “All Over Me,” Easton Corbin’s “Roll With It,” Lady Antebellum’s “Our Kind of Love” (last week’s No. 1) and Darius Rucker’s “Come Back Song.”

It comes very close to being exciting, doesn’t it?

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