If you have one of those applause apps on your smartphone, this would be a good time to push the button — and hold it.
That’s because Kenny Chesney has rocketed to the top of the Billboard country albums chart with Welcome to the Fishbowl via first-week sales of 193,453 copies, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan.
Impressive as those sales were, they earned Chesney only a second-place slot on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart. There he was beaten out by some chap named Bieber, whose first-week total was 374,264 units. A plague on that upstart!
Apart from Chesney’s, there are two other new albums to note: Don Williams’ And So It Goes (No. 20) and the Grass Roots EP from Big Smo (No. 71). Big Smo? Quick! Time for a Google search!
Filing in behind Welcome to the Fishbowl within the Top 5 albums group are Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, Alan Jackson’s Thirty Miles West, the various-artists anthology Now That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 5 and Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away, in that order.
Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are the Eli Young Band’s “Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” Brantley Gilbert’s “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” Church’s “Springsteen” (No. 1 for the two previous weeks) and Dierks Bentley’s “5-1-5-0.”
As you confront these viciously sunny days, remember that no one ever got heatstroke in a bar.