Eric Church’s Chief Captures Billboard‘s Country and All-Formats Charts

Zac Brown Band's "Knee Deep" Is Head and Shoulders Above the Competition

Eric Church is the talk of the music business this week as his album Chief, unaided by even one hit single, zooms to the top of both the Billboard country and all-genres charts.

First-week sales of the album, according to Nielsen SoundScan, amounted to 144,990 copies, which is nearly 29,000 more than Blake Shelton’s first-round receipts on Red River Blue.

Church’s current single, “Homeboy,” now floats at No. 15, a drop of two places from its previous high point.

There’s also a new No. 1 song to salute — the Zac Brown Band’s “Knee Deep,” featuring Jimmy Buffett. It leapfrogs from No. 3.

Other new albums include Jason Michael Carroll’s Numbers (No. 33), the self-titled Randy Montana (No. 43), Robin Meade’s Brand New Day (No. 58) and Terri Clark’s Roots and Wings (No. 69).

The returning albums are Donny and Marie Osmond’s Donny & Marie (No. 52). Icon: Johnny Cash (No. 62) and Luke Bryan’s Spring Break 3: It’s a Shore Thing (No. 70).

There are three new songs: Justin Moore’s “Bait a Hook” (No. 50), The Band Perry’s “All Your Life” (No. 52) and Sonia Leigh’s “My Name Is Money” (No. 58).

The only re-entering song is Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does,” back at No. 43.

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Shelton’s Red River Blue (last week’s No. 1), Chris Young’s Neon and the EP American Idol Season 10 Highlights: Scotty McCreery.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Lady Antebellum’s “Just a Kiss,” Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” Dierks Bentley’s “Am I the Only One” and last week’s No. 1, Young’s “Tomorrow.”

You may now hurl your rose petals.

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