Sound the trumpets and ring the bells. This is the week Billboard’s country albums and airplay charts came to a boil.
And it’s made Gary Allan a very hot item. Not only does he have both the No. 1 album — Set You Free — and song — “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” his new album also tops the Billboard 200 all-genres list.
As this week’s highest debuting album, Set You Free ends Taylor Swift ’s Red’s 13-week residence at the summit by selling 106,109 albums compared to Red’s 31,990, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Shed no tears for Swift, however. Red has now sold a dazzling 3,297,433 copies. She can afford a break.
Randy Houser has cause for champagne, as well. His How Country Feels album bows in at No. 3 on sales of 24,091 copies.
We count five new songs to watch: Austin Webb’s “It’s All Good” (arriving at No. 53), Chase Rice’s “How She Rolls” (No. 55), Chris Janson’s “Better I Don’t” (No. 56), Eric Church ’s “Hungover & Hard Up” (No. 57) and Joel Crouse’s “If You Want Some” (No. 59).
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs, in that order, are Aldean’s “The Only Way I Know” (featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church), The Band Perry ’s “Better Dig Two,” Houser’s “How Country Feels” (last week’s No. 1) and Brad Paisley ’s “Southern Comfort Zone.”
Are you aquiver with excitement?