Everybody else can just pack up and go home early. This week the charts belong to Jason Aldean, thanks to his top-of-the-heap album Night Train and its spawn of seven — count ’em — seven singles.
With Nielsen-SoundScan-confirmed sales of 409,303 copies its first week out, Night Train crowns both the country and the Billboard 200 all-genres charts.
We will resist the impulse to gush further and reserve a few dozen adjectives in anticipation of the Taylor Swift chart tornado predicted for next week.
While we’re talking Taylor, let it be noted that her “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” continues as the No. 1 song for the third week.
Their first-week sales totals were 40,786 and 32,028.
Owing to Billboard’s new song-ranking methodology that takes into account factors in addition to airplay, Aldean has the highest-debuting single this week, “Night Train,” which enters at No. 26, plus “The Only Way I Know,” with Luke Bryan and Eric Church (No. 28), “When She Says Baby” (No. 33), “This Nothin’ Town” (No. 41), “Feel That Again” (No. 45), “I Don’t Do Lonely Well” (No. 47) and “Staring at the Sun” (No. 49).
The remaining new songs are Charles Esten and Hayden Panettiere’s “Undermine” (No. 39) and Hunter Hayes’ “Somebody’s Heartbreak” (No. 48).
The only other new album is Hayes’ Live EP (No. 33).
Rhonda Vincent’s Sunday Mornin’ Singin’: Live! re-enters at No. 37.
Get your sun screen ready. It’s really going to heat up next week.