Blake Shelton Remains Aloft With “Honey Bee”

Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party Bounces Back to Top

Looks like we’re facing an invasion of the killer bees as Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee” buzzes contentedly at the top of Billboard’s country songs chart for the fourth week in a row.

And speaking of persistence, Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, after a temporary backset, bobs back to No. 1 on the albums list.

It’s worth noting that the just-released Nielsen SoundScan survey of record sales for the first half of 2011 ranks My Kinda Party as the fourth overall best-selling album of that period (behind Adele’s 21, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Mumford & SonsSigh No More, in that order) and the third best-selling physical album (after 21 and Born This Way).

There are six new album entries, including two EPs — American Idol Season 10 Highlights: Scotty McCreery (No. 2) and American Idol Season 10 Highlights: Lauren Alaina (No. 6). Other additions are Dolly Parton’s Better Day (No. 11), Billy Ray CyrusI’m American (No. 24), Mark WillsLooking for America (No. 55) and Lee Greenwood’s 10 Great Songs (No. 63).

The various artists CD, Now That’s What I Call the USA: The Patriotic Country Collection, returns to the charts at No. 67.

LeAnn Rimes’ “Give” is the week’s only new song. It debuts at No. 60.

The remaining Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Justin Moore’s Outlaws Like Me (last week’s No. 1), Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley’s This Is Country Music.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are The Band Perry’s “You Lie,” Moore’s “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” and Chris Young’s “Tomorrow.”

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