With out-of-the-box sales of more than 267,000 copies — according to the Nielsen SoundScan count — Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away tops both Billboard’s country and all-genres album charts this week.
Underwood’s is the only new album to report. However, the Little Willies’ For the Good Times re-enters the list at No. 75, perhaps buoyed there by the release of Willies member Norah Jones’ new CD, Little Broken Hearts. It debuts at No. 2 on the all-genres tally.
There are three new songs: Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” (bowing in at No. 51), Shelton’s “Over” (No. 53 and not to be confused with his wife’s “Over You”) and Montgomery Gentry’s “So Called Life” (No. 59).
Sad to say there’s not a single “mama” song on the chart as Mother’s Day rolls in. We can take some comfort, though, in the fact that the Farm’s “Home Sweet Home” mentions to the smell of “mama’s cookin’.” Some comfort — but not much. Is mama entirely out of fashion as a song subject these days?