Brad Paisley Boasts Both Top Album and Song

New Albums Hit Charts From American Idol's Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina

Lift your hats and wave them high for Brad Paisley.

His CD, This Is Country Music, debuts this week at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart with Nielsen SoundScan-certified sales of 152,598 copies, and his current single, “Old Alabama,” holds on at No. 1 for the second week on the country songs chart.

Five other albums follow Paisley’s in the new-arrivals line: American Idol Season 10: Scotty McCreery (No. 3), American Idol Season 10: Lauren Alaina (No. 9), Frankie Ballard’s self-titled EP (No. 33), Carter’s Chord’s Wild Together EP (No. 48) and The Essential Rosanne Cash (No. 64).

Returning albums include Icon: Vince Gill (No. 54), Wynonna’s Love Heals: A Tribute to Our Wounded Warriors (No. 61) and Icon: Johnny Cash (No. 63).

There are three new songs to sing about: McCreery’s “I Love You This Big” (No. 32), Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does” (No. 49) and Jason Jones’ “Ferris Wheel” (No. 59).

Jerrod Niemann’s “One More Drinkin’ Song” re-enters at No. 58.

Completing the Top 5 albums cluster are Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party (No. 2, last week’s No. 1), the Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give (No. 4) and Rascal FlattsNothing Like This (No. 5).

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs, in that order, are Keith Urban’s “Without You,” Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go,” Taylor Swift’s “Mean” and Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee.”

For this week’s Title Tales — wherein we jam together two or more song titles from the current chart to arrive at new meanings — consider these:

Joe Nichols + Lauren Alaina = “Take It Off Like My Mother Does”

Little Big Town + Scotty McCreery = “The Reason Why I Love You This Big”

Blake Shelton + Jason Jones + Kid Rock = “Honey Bee, Ferris Wheel Collide”

And you’re thinking?

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