Eric Church’s Chief Spends a Second Week at Chart’s Top Rung

Lady Antebellum Claim No. 1 Song Spot With "Just a Kiss"

Rack up the second week at No. 1 for Eric Church’s new album, Chief. And while we’re at it, let’s loose a thunderous cheer for Lady Antebellum as the trio’s “Just a Kiss” arrives at the peak of Billboard’s country songs chart.

Trace Adkins boasts the week’s highest-debuting country album, Proud to Be Here. It pops in at No. 2.

The other two album arrivals are Johnny Cooper’s Live at the Pub II (bowing at No. 63) and Icon: Hank Williams (No. 74).

Icon: Vince Gill and Icon: Loretta Lynn return to combat at No. 71 and No. 73, respectively.

There’s just one freshman song to report. Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim” checks in at No. 33. Brett Eldredge’s “It Ain’t Gotta Be Love” re-enters at No. 56.

Trailing Church and Adkins within the Top 5 albums cluster are Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Blake Shelton’s Red River Blue and the EP American Idol Season 10 Highlights: Scotty McCreery, in that order.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are the Zac Brown Band’s “Knee Deep” (featuring Jimmy Buffett), Dierks Bentley’s “Am I the Only One,” Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” and Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s “Remind Me.”

Here’s something else to crow about. Four of the Top 10 titles on Billboard’s all-formats albums chart are the new country CDs from Church, Adkins, Aldean and Shelton.

Rest easy, Nashville. You’ve still got it.

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