Steady sales have kept Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away among the Top 5 country albums on Billboard’s country albums chart since it debuted at No. 1 some 18 weeks ago. This week, it bounces back to No. 1 and now boasts total sales of almost 750,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
And speaking of buoyancy, Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” has now floated to the peak of Billboard’s country songs chart, an ascension that took, oddly enough, also 18 weeks. It’s the quartet’s first No. 1 single.
Josh Turner’s Live Across America is the highest-debuting album, entering at No. 9 on sales of 8,188 copies.
The other newcomers are Thomas Rhett’s self-titled EP (No. 24), the soundtrack to Lawless (No. 52), the eponymous Ingram Hill (No. 54) and the Flatlanders’ The Odessa Tapes (No. 75).
There are five new songs: Darius Rucker’s “True Believers” (No. 26), Kasey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ’Round” (No. 50), Tyler Farr’s “Hello Goodbye” (No. 54), Gary Allan’s “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” (No. 55) and Craig Morgan’s “More Trucks Than Cars” (No. 56).
At last, autumn is upon us and, with its arrival, a merciful end to all those clichés of summer celebration — beer coolers, back roads and bikinis. Yeah, like that’s ever gonna happen.