After a glacially slow 49-week climb, David Nail’s “Let It Rain” finally nudges aside the Zac Brown Band’s “Keep Me in Mind”
to occupy the prime position on Billboard’s country songs chart.
This is Nail’s first No. 1. So a round of hearty hurrahs for that notable achievement.
And that’s pretty much the big news for the week.
Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night persists in being country’s best-selling album.
Only one new album surfaces, the multi-artist (and ponderously titled) Billboard: Special Edition: Country’s Best. It arrives at No. 56 on sales of 1,039 copies.
Returning to the charts for yet another try at statistical immortality are LeAnn Rimes’ Ladies & Gentlemen (No. 68), The Essential Dixie Chicks (No. 71) and The Best of Rascal Flatts Live (No. 74).
Two new songs also come aboard: Ronnie Dunn’s “Let the Cowboy Rock” (No. 55) and Dustin Lynch’s “Cowboys and Angels” (No. 59).
Clay Walker’s “Like We Never Said Goodbye” re-enters at No. 60.
Completing the Top 5 songs cluster, in descending order, are the ZBB’s “Keep Me in Mind,” Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand,”
Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
and Chris Young’s “You.”
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums include Toby Keith’s Clancy’s Tavern, Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party and Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day.
Guess we’ll just have to sit back and wait for the spring thaw.