Dustin Lynch Dusts Competition to Score No. 1 Album

Blake Shelton's "Over" Holds as Top Song

The much-publicized Dustin Lynch lives up to his press this week as his self-titled debut album barrels in to No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart.

And Blake Shelton’s “Over” clearly isn’t over yet. It keeps its perch as country music’s most-played song of the week.

With Nielsen Soundscan-confirmed sales of 23,077 copies, Lynch’s CD nudges the Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged into second place.

Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which flashed onto the songs chart at No. 13 last week, drops back to No. 19. But it stays at No. 1 for a second week on the current digital tracks list and on the Billboard Hot 100 chart reflecting all radio formats.

Joining Dustin Lynch in the new albums procession are Dierks Bentley’s Country & Cold Cans EP (No. 12), the self-titled JT Hodges (No. 23) and the equally self-titled Mac Powell (No. 66).

Is the record industry in such hard times that it can’t afford copy writers? A little more imagination in these album titles, please!

Three songs are making their first appearance: Thomas Rhett’s “Beer With Jesus” (No. 49), Alan Jackson’s “You Go Your Way” (No. 54) and David Nail’s “Someone Like You” (No. 57).

Albums No. 3 through No. 5 are Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee, Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away and Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Little Big Town’s “Pontoon,” Josh Turner’s “Time Is Love,” Hunter Hayes“Wanted” and Love and Theft’s “Angel Eyes,” in descending order.

With the entry of Rhett’s “Beer With Jesus,” there are now three songs on the chart that mention that yeasty beverage — the others being Toby Keith’s “I Like Girls That Drink Beer” and Kip Moore’s “Beer Money.”

That’s enough don’t you think?

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