Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom Is Week’s No. 1 Country Album

The Band Perry Tunnels to Top With "Better Dig Two"

There are new tenants at the tops of this week’s Billboard country charts. Tim McGraw roars into No. 1 with the album Two Lanes of Freedom while The Band Perry manage to leapfrog to the summit of the country airplay rankings with “Better Dig Two.”

Two Lanes of Freedom sold 108,604 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a total that landed it at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart.

Six other new albums have come aboard: Holly WilliamsThe Highway (No. 18), Country: Charlie Daniels (No. 49), Townes Van Zandt’s Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos: 1971-72 (No. 51).

Also, Vince Gill ’s Ballads (No. 58), Country: Keith Whitley (No. 64) and Country: Alabama (No. 71).

Previously charted albums returning to battle are the self-titled The Time Jumpers (No. 54), Hunter HayesLive EP (No. 62) and Hank Williams Jr. ’s Old School New Rules (No. 75).

There are four new songs: McGraw and Taylor Swift ’s “Highway Don’t Care” (No. 43), Greg Bates ’ “Fill In the Blank” (No. 56), Gary Allan ’s “Pieces” (No. 59) and the Lumineers“Ho Hey” (No. 60).

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Swift’s Red, Allan’s Set You Free (last week’s No. 1), Florida Georgia Line ’s Here’s to the Good Times and Hunter Hayes.

Parading in behind “Better Dig Two” in the Top 5 songs cluster are Brad Paisley ’s “Southern Comfort Zone,” McGraw’s “One of Those Nights,” Jason Aldean ’s “The Only Way I Know,” featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church (last week’s No. 1) and Allan’s “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).”

Next week, we’ll see if the Grammys unleashed a sales tsunami.

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