Let’s belt out three cheers for Thompson Square, whose single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” leapfrogs from its No. 3 position last week to top Billboard’s country songs chart. It’s the first No. 1 for the husband-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson and also the first chart-topper for their label, Stoney Creek Records.
So you thought the party was winding down? Not hardly.
Twenty-two weeks into the chart wars, Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party springs back to No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums rankings, rising there on the past week’s sales of 19,271 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
To date, My Kinda Party has sold a heartwarming 999,608 units.
The highest-debuting album this period is Josh Kelley’s Georgia Clay, which checks in at No. 16. Other titles making their first appearances are the multi-artist The Academy of Country Music Awards: 2011 ACM Spotlight (No. 19) and, as an indication that icons are apparently maturing faster than they used to, Icon: Josh Turner (No. 20) and Icon: Billy Currington (No. 22). Also charting are two EPs — Ryan Bingham’s iTunes Live: SXSW (No. 64) and Ashton Shepherd’s Look It Up (No. 71).
There are four new songs to tip your hat to: Trace Adkins’ “Just Fishin'” (No. 40), Dierks Bentley’s “Am I the Only One” (No. 47), Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (No. 55) and Edens Edge’s “Amen” (No. 60).
Following Aldean in the Top 5 albums string are Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give, Rascal Flatts’ Nothing Like This, Sara Evans’ Stronger (last week’s No. 1) and Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, in that order.
The No. 2 through No. 4 songs are Aldean and Kelly Clarkson’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy” (last week’s No. 1), the Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather” and Darius Rucker’s “This.”
Since some of you liked the title-linking game we introduced here last week, we thought we’d try it again. Its object is to take two or more song titles from the current chart and, without adding, subtracting or rearranging any of the words, fuse the titles into a single statement that suggests meanings the songwriters never intended. Let’s agree to call this exercise in folly “Title Tales.” (You know, like tattle tales.)
Here are some more:
Combine Dierks Bentley and Joey & Rory’s latest and you get “Am I the Only One That’s Important to Me.”
Jointly, Sara Evans and Bradley Gaskin plead “A Little Bit Stronger Mr. Bartender.”
OK. Your turn.