Lady Antebellum and Rodney Atkins Still Have Top Album and Song

Oak Ridge Boys and Josh Thompson Experience Highest Debuts

This week finds no changes in the top positions of the Billboard country charts. Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night and Rodney Atkins“Take a Back Road” remain the No. 1 album and song, respectively, for the second week in a row.

Fans of good, hearty quartet singing can take heart that the inimitable Oak Ridge Boys are back in the game. Their album, It’s Only Natural, is the week’s highest-debuting CD, bowing at No. 16.

The only other new album is Kyle Park’s Make or Break Me, which enters at No. 53. The various artists collection Mud Digger re-enters at No. 75.

There are five new songs to note: Josh Thompson’s “Change” (No. 54), the JaneDear Girls’ “Merry Go Round” (No. 57), Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Nineteen” (No. 58), Kid Rock’s “Care” featuring Martina McBride (No. 59) and the the Lost Trailers’ “Underdog” (No. 60).

Coming in just behind Lady A in the Top 5 albums gallery are George Strait’s Here for a Good Time, Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Brantley Gilbert’s Halfway to Heaven and Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, in that order.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Toby Keith’s “Made in America,” Keith Urban’s “Long Hot Summer,” Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s “You and Tequila” and Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

How’s this for an odd juxtaposition? Jason Jones“Ferris Wheel” is just one step above the JaneDear Girls’ “Merry Go Round.” Can “Rollercoaster” be far behind? Maybe next summer.

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