Just when you thought Blake Shelton’s life couldn’t get any sunnier, here he comes with a No. 1 album.
That’s right, folks and focus groups, Mr. Long & Lanky’s Red River Blue bullets to the top of both the Billboard country and all-genres album rankings this week on Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 116,402 units.
It’s lose one, win one for perennial chart champ Jason Aldean. While his My Kinda Party withers for the moment under Shelton’s bold assault, his current single, “Dirt Road Anthem,” has just become the nation’s most-played country song.
But wait, there’s more! Chris Young must be swilling champagne, too. His bright new collection, Neon, debuts as the week’s No. 2 country album. Its first-period sales total: 72,830 copies.
Be honest: Can you stand the excitement?
There are four new songs: Shepherd’s “Where Country Grows” at No. 57 (Nice convergence, eh?), Glen Templeton’s “I Could Be the One” (No. 58), Montgomery Gentry’s “Where I Come From ” (No. 59) and Ash Bowers’ “I Still Believe in That” (No. 60).
Now let’s all adjourn to the bar. First round’s on you.