Jake Owen Tops Both Country Charts

Luke Bryan Has Highest-Debuting Song

Ready. Set. And two vigorous thumbs up for Jake Owen, whose Barefoot Blue Jean Night rushes into the top niche on Billboard’s country albums chart with first-week sales of 55,392 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan’s count.

Just to compound the joy in Owenville, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” — the song — also zooms to No. 1.

If you should encounter Owen in your local convenience store, ask him to buy you a lottery ticket. It couldn’t hurt.

Also bowing on the albums chart for the first time are Glen Campbell’s Ghost on the Canvas (No. 6), Stoney LaRue’s Velvet (No. 15), Robert Earl Keen’s Ready for Confetti (No. 21) and the multi-artist package, Reggae’s Gone Country (No. 65).

Lady Antebellum’s iTunes Session EP returns to action at No. 74.

In the new songs category, Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End” debuts at No. 44, Scotty McCreery’s “The Trouble With Girls” at No. 54 and Chris Cagle’s “Got My Country On” at No. 58.

Trooping in behind Owen in the Top 5 albums lineup are Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Eric Church’s Chief and the Pistol AnniesHell on Heels (last week’s No. 1), in that order.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s “Remind Me,” Rodney Atkins’ “Take a Back Road,” Kenny Chesney’s “You and Tequila” (with Grace Potter) and Toby Keith’s “Made in America.”

How’s this for a CMA Awards show dream team: Rascal Flatts and Pistol Annies singing “Louisiana Women, Mississippi Men”?

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