Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now continues its residency as the No. 1 country album. This past week it sold 27,991 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Not much new music activity to note — just one new album and two new songs.
Johnny Cash’s Bootleg Vol. II: Memphis to Hollywood arrives at No. 33. CDs returning to the chart include The Essential Dixie Chicks (back at No. 65), Kenny Rogers (No. 70), the multi-artist Mud Digger (No. 73) and Joe Nichols’ Old Things New (No. 75).
The debuting songs are the Dirt Drifters’ “Something Better” (No. 56) and Joanna Smith’s “Georgia Mud.” Staging comebacks are Aaron Lewis’ “Country Boy” featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels (No. 57) and the JaneDear Girls’ “Shotgun Girl” (No. 58).
Completing this week’s Top 5 albums cluster, in descending order, are Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, the Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give and Rascal Flatts’ Nothing Like This.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Brad Paisley’s “This Is Country Music,” Swift’s “Back to December,” Blake Shelton’s “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” (last week’s No. 1) and Billy Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy.”
Maybe the charts will start bubbling again as the tour buses roll out to excite the general populace. One can always hope.