Justin Moore, Jason Aldean Top Week’s Album, Airplay Charts

Seven Albums, Two Songs Make Their Debut

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.

Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” chugs into No. 1 on the country airplay chart after an 18-week climb.

Two other albums surface in this week’s Top 5: Chris Young’s A. M. at No. 2 (on 52,742 copies) and Billy Currington’s We Are Tonight at No. 5 (25,787).

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).

There are two new songs to report: Laura Bell Bundy’s “Two Step,” bowing at No. 59, and Colt Ford and Aldean’s “Drivin’ Around Song,” cruising in at No. 60.

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).

Completing the Top 5 songs rankings, in descending order, are Moore’s “Point at You,” Currington’s “Hey Girl,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here” and Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.”

OK, you can applaud now.

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