Rack Up Another No. 1 Album for George Strait

And Cheer the Persistence of Jake Owen's Summit Song

It is impossible to utter a sentence about George Strait that doesn’t have the phrase “No. 1” in it. Thus, it was inevitable that his newest album, Here for a Good Time, would debut as this week’s No. 1 country album in Billboard — which it has.

The album soared to the top on first-week sales of 91,414 copies, Nielsen SoundScan reveals.

On the songs chart, Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” holds the summit for a second week.

There’s not a lot of new music to prattle about this time around — just one other album and two songs. The former is Hank 3’s Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town, which bows at No. 14, and the latter are Blake Shelton’s “Footloose” (No. 57) and Eric Paslay’s “Never Really Wanted” (No. 59).

The self-titled collections JaneDear Girls and Randy Travis re-enter the albums chart at No. 73 and No. 75, respectively.

Songs making a comeback include Glen Templeton’s “I Could Be the One” (No. 58) and Christian Kane’s “Let Me Go” (No. 60).

Parading in behind Strait in the Top 5 albums troupe are Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party (he’s here for a good time, too), Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night (last week’s No. 1), Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines and Eric Church’s Chief, in that order.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs list are Rodney Atkins’ “Take a Back Road,” Toby Keith’s “Made in America,” Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s “You and Tequila” and Keith Urban’s “Long Hot Summer.”

Hear that rumbling? That’s Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night stampeding your way. So get your adjectives sharpened.

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