Sweet Harmony: Lady Antebellum Claim Both Top Album and Song

Tim McGraw's "Better Than I Used to Be" Is Highest-Debuting New Tune

All hail Lady Antebellum, whose Own the Night rebounds from No. 4 to the pinnacle of Billboard‘s country albums chart this week, thereby dislodging Scotty McCreery‘s tenacious Clear as Day.

But wait, there’s more! Lady A’s single, “We Owned the Night,” is — for the second week running — the country’s top song.

Ah, but the Grinch is loose among us. Total album sales for the Top 75 titles plummeted from what they were last week — from 752,471 units to 478,963. That sound you hear drowning out the sleigh bells is the gnashing of teeth on Music Row.

There are no new albums to note this week, but three return: Hank 3‘s Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town (No. 70), Icon: Vince Gill (No. 72) and the multi-artist collection, Forever Country (No. 75).

Newly-emancipated Tim McGraw, who recently won the right to move to another record label, has the highest-debuting new song. His “Better Than I Used to Be” (surely a title that particularly resonates with him) climbs aboard at No. 51.

The other freshmen are Brantley Gilbert‘s “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” (No. 52), The Band Perry‘s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (No. 56), the Eli Young Band‘s “Wonderful Christmastime” (No. 57) and Craig Campbell‘s “When I Get It” (No. 58).

Josh Thompson‘s “Change” re-enters at No. 60.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums are McCreery’s Clear as Day, Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now: World Tour Live CD and DVD set, Jason Aldean‘s My Kinda Party and The Band Perry, in that order.

Lining up directly behind Lady A on the songs chart are Aldean’s “Tattoos on This Town,” the Zac Brown Band‘s “Keep Me in Mind,” Miranda Lambert‘s “Baggage Claim” and Gilbert’s “Country Must Be Country Wide.”

OK, if you’ll just step up to the microphone, we’ll take your questions now.