There’s no truth to the rumor that the members of Lady Antebellum are suffering severe hand bruises from high-fiving each other. But it is true that their new album, Own the Night, sold a whopping 347,479 copies this past week to plant it solidly atop both Billboard’s country albums chart and its all-genres listing, the Billboard 200.
And after a long, dry spell, Rodney Atkins has bubbled back to No. 1 with his yearning single, “Take a Back Road.”
The week’s other new albums are Kristin Chenoweth’s Some Lessons Learned (No. 14), Icon: George Strait (No. 17), Reckless Kelly’s Good Luck & True Love (No. 20) and Steve Holy’s Love Don’t Run (No. 30).
Thanks to the arrival of a deluxe edition, Brantley Gilbert’s Halfway to Heaven re-enters the chart like a tsunami, swooshing back at No. 2 in its 72nd week of action.
Also returning — at No. 73 — is Cody Canada & the Departed’s This Is Indian Land.
Lining up behind Lady A and Gilbert in the Top 5 albums bloc are George Strait’s Here for a Good Time (last week’s No. 1), Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party and Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, in that order.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Toby Keith’s “Made in America,” Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s “You and Tequila,” Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (last week’s No. 1) and Keith Urban’s “Long Hot Summer.”
It’s officially autumn. You can stop sweating now.