Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney Maintain Top Album, Song Slots

Gloriana and Sara Evans Enjoy Week's Highest Debuts

Sales of Uncaged, the new Zac Brown Band album, continue to skyrocket, keeping it at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart for the fourth straight week.

During that time, Uncaged has sold 400,497 copies, by the Nielsen SoundScan count, thereby eclipsing Kenny Chesney’s Welcome to the Fishbowl, which has sold 389,529 units in seven weeks.

Chesney shouldn’t feel too gloomy, though. His “Come Over” is America’s most-played country song for the second week in a row.

Gloriana’s A Thousand Miles Left Behind is the week’s highest-debuting album. It breezes in at No. 2 on sales of 22,869 copies.

Other albums making their first chart appearances include Joey & Rory’s His and Hers (No. 24), Elvis Presley’s I Am an Elvis Fan: A Collection of Elvis Songs Chosen by the Fans (No. 27), Kasey ChambersStorybook (No. 53), Tyler Barham’s Don’t Cage This Heart EP (No. 56), Colt Ford’s Declaration of Independence (No. 67) and Merle Haggard’s 10 Great Songs (No. 75).

The week’s new songs are Sara Evans’ “Anywhere” (No. 57), Lonestar’s “The Countdown” (No. 59) and Andy Gibson’s “Summer Back” (No. 60).

Ford’s “Back,” with Jake Owen, returns at No. 58.

The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 albums this week are Chesney’s Welcome to the Fishbowl, Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines and Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away, in that order.

Trooping in behind “Come Over” in the Top 5 songs cluster are Love and Theft’s “Angel Eyes,” Gloriana’s “(Kissed You) Good Night,” Blake Shelton’s “Over” and Little Big Town’s “Pontoon.”

Have you noticed the breaking-away imagery in the titles of recent country albums? There’s ZBB’s Uncaged, Gloriana’s A Thousand Miles Left Behind, Underwood’s Blown Away, Rascal FlattsChanged, Chris Cagle’s Back in the Saddle (alas, no breakaway for his horse), the soundtrack to Footloose, Tyler Barham’s Don’t Cage This Heart and Ford’s Declaration of Independence.

Older and more sedentary country fans are not likely to be lured by such expressions of vigor. For that market, we suggest such stress-free titles as Staying Put, This Is Good Enough, Why Bother? and Spontaneity? Let Me Think About It.

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