Kenny Chesney Sings Loudest With “Reality,” Lady A Keep Album Supremacy

Craig Morgan Re-Emerges With Highest-Debuting CD

OK, the reality is that Kenny Chesney’s “Reality” is the No. 1 country song this week, if we are to believe the estimable statisticians at Billboard magazine. It made the climb into thinner air — but greater airplay — in 23 weeks.

Now what can we say of Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night other than, “Glad you like the penthouse”? With total sales nearing 1.4 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the album rests solidly at the top of the country albums chart for yet another week, where it seems to have reposed since planets were being formed.

Stamp your feet and whistle wildly for Craig Morgan who claims the week’s highest debuting album. His This Ole Boy makes its bow at No. 5 on first-round sales of 14,928 units.

This achievement must be especially gratifying to Morgan, who’s been on four labels since he surfaced on the charts in 2000 with “Something to Write Home About.” He was then signed to Atlantic Records.

From there he moved to Broken Bow, where he gave that feisty independent its first real chart muscle until he was eclipsed by a younger upstart named Jason Aldean.

After Broken Bow, he journeyed on to BNA. In his three-plus years at that major label, he charted five singles, including the Top 10 “Love Remembers” and the Top 5 “Bonfire.”

Last year, Morgan soldiered on to Black River, another independent, and has now become its most visible face. The title song from his new album hums at No. 22 this week.

The other new albums to note are Lyle Lovett’s Release Me (No. 9) and George JonesThe Great Lost Hits (No. 70). Luke Bryan’s EP, Spring Break 3 … It’s a Shore Thing, returns to the chart at No. 65.

Jerrod Niemann has the week’s only new song. His “Shinin’ on Me” edges in at No. 60, and The Band Perry’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” pops back in at No. 59.

Wedged between Lady A’s and Morgan’s albums in the Top 5 are Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, Aldean’s My Kinda Party and The Band Perry, in that order.

Completing the Top 5 songs list are Dierks Bentley’s “Home,” Jake Owen’s “Alone With You,” Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly” (No. 1 for the last two weeks) and Taylor Swift’s “Ours.”

Let’s just leave it at that, shall we?

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