Darius, your wagon wheel has been well and truly rocked.
This week, Darius Rucker’s music sits atop both Billboard’s country albums and country airplay charts. His album, True Believers, debuted at No. 1 — on Nielsen SoundScan confirmed sales of 83,409 copies — while his current single, “Wagon Wheel,” settles in for its second week at the peak.
Otherwise, it’s been fairly placid with only two other new albums and three new songs to chronicle.
Also debuting are the George Jones compilation 10 Great Songs (at No. 56) and Jessta James’ Time to Get Right (No. 63).
Returning to action are Country: George Jones (No. 44), Jones’ Heartaches and Hangovers (No. 57) and Icon: Trace Adkins (No. 74).
Krystal Keith’s “Daddy Dance With Me” re-enters at No. 59.
Following True Believers within the Top 5 albums cluster are George Strait’s Love Is Everything (last week’s No. 1), Lady Antebellum’s Golden, Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care,” with Taylor Swift, Shelton’s “Boys ’Round Here,” featuring Pistol Annies & Friends, Jake Owen’s “Anywhere With You” (making a big leap from last week’s No. 9) and Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On.”
Next week we’ll struggle through that bucolic bacchanal known as the CMA Music Festival. See you there.