American Idol champ Scotty McCreery blows the doors off the Billboard country albums chart this week as his Clear as Day collection rockets to No. 1 with Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 196,739 copies. He also debuts at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200.
Five other new albums invade the charts this week: Rodney Atkins’ Take a Back Road comes in at No. 3 with sales of 34,910 units.
Then there’s the multi-superstar package, The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams (No. 11), Jason Boland & the Stragglers’ Rancho Alto (No. 26), Merle Haggard’s Working in Tennessee (No. 30) and the various artists’ Country Music Legends Special (No. 59).
Randy Travis’ Anniversary Celebration: 25 re-enters the chart at No. 74.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs, in that order, are Toby Keith’s “Made in America” (last week’s No. 1), Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You,” George Strait’s “Here for a Good Time” and Rodney Atkins’ “Take a Back Road.”
It’s about time for some Christmas music to cool the charts, don’t you think?