Little Big Town’s Tornado, Jason Aldean’s “Take a Little Ride” Still No. 1

Jake Owen, Taylor Swift Have Week's Highest Debuting Album, Song

Little Big Town and Jason Aldean have held onto their leads on the country charts for another week.

This is the third consecutive week at the top of the Billboard rankings for LBT’s new album, Tornado, and the second for Aldean’s single, “Take a Little Ride.”

Jake Owen’s EP, Endless Summer, boasts the week’s highest debut, entering at No. 2 on Nielsen SoundScan certified sales of 16,985 copies.

The other new album additions are Waylon JenningsGoin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings (No. 14), Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder’s Music to My Ears (No. 52) and the multiple-artist compilation Deep in the Heart: Big Songs for Little Texans Everywhere (No. 74).

Albums bouncing back into chart play include the Flatlanders’ The Odessa Tapes (No. 48) and Taylor Swift’s Speak Now: World Tour Live CD/DVD package (No. 59).

There are five new songs, led by Swift’s “Begin Again” (No. 37) and followed by Little Big Town’s “Tornado” (No. 47), Joanna Smith’s “We Can’t Be Friends” (No. 55), Clay Walker’s “Jesse James” (No. 57) and the Farm Inc.’s “Be Grateful” (No. 59).

Trooping behind Tornado and Endless Summer within the Top 5 albums cluster are Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away, Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines and the eponymous Hunter Hayes, in that order.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Dustin Lynch’s “Cowboys and Angels,” Jana Kramer’s “Why Ya Wanna,” Underwood’s “Blown Away” and Hayes “Wanted.”

By what contortion of timing does Endless Summer debut the third week of fall? Oh, that’s right — it’s endless.

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