Rascal Flatts assume command of Billboard‘s country albums chart this week as the trio’s new collection, Changed, debuts at No. 1 on Nielsen SoundScan-certified sales of 129,569 copies.
Lionel Richie‘s Tuskegee duet project, which took the crown last week by selling just under 200,000 units, now slides to No. 2 on second-week sales of 95,238 units.
It will be instructive to see if Richie’s special that aired Friday (April 13) on CBS will provide another boost to his album traffic.
There are two other new albums to acknowledge: The Lacs’ 190 Proof (bowing at No. 16) and Johnny Cash‘s The Soul of Truth: Bootleg Vol. IV (No. 41).
The Best of Rascal Flatts Live re-enters the chart at No. 68.
The week’s three new songs are Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw‘s “Feel Like a Rock Star” (exploding at No. 13 and propelled there, in part, by its live performance on the recent Academy of Country Music awards show), Edens Edge “Too Good to Be True” (No. 59) and Eric Paslay’s “If the Fish Don’t Bite” (No. 60).
Rounding out the Top 5 songs cluster are Blake Shelton‘s “Drink on It,” Jake Owen‘s “Alone With You” (last week’s No. 1), Lady Antebellum’s “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” and Miranda Lambert‘s “Over You.”