Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away Blasts Back to Top of Album Chart

Little Big Town's "Pontoon" Floats In as Most Popular Song

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).

Re-entering the country albums list are Martina McBride’s Eleven (No. 64), Glen Campbell’s Ghost on the Canvas (No. 65) and Lyle Lovett’s Release Me (No. 74).

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).

The No. 2 though No. 5 albums are the Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged, Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, Eric Church’s Chief and Dustin Lynch’s self-titled debut (last week’s No. 1), in that order.

Bunching directly behind LBT’s “Pontoon” are Josh Turner’s “Time Is Love,” Hunter Hayes“Wanted,” Blake Shelton’s “Over” (last week’s No. 1) and Jana Kramer’s “Why Ya Wanna.”

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.

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