That’s not an earthquake you feel. It’s just record folks turning handsprings at the number of new albums exploding onto the charts this week.
The top dog is Justin Moore, whose Off the Beaten Path debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart and at No. 2 on the all genres Billboard 200 list. It does so on first-week sales of 96,730 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan’s count.
The remaining new CDs are the multi-artist collection High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama (No. 39), John Caparulo’s Come Inside Me (No. 59), Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott’s Memories and Moments (No. 61) and the Del McCoury Band’s The Streets of Baltimore (No. 69).
We’ve also been keeping an eye on Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s new single, “We Were Us,” which is rising like an express elevator. Two weeks ago, it came on at No. 49. Last week it was No. 29, and this week it’s up to No. 16. Now that’s travelin’!
The No. 3 and No. 4 albums, respectively, are Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party and Urban’s Fuse (last week’s No. 1).
OK, you can applaud now.