Blake Boots Miranda to Seize Top Album Title

Joe Nichols' "Yeah" Is No. 1 Song for Second Week

Blake Shelton is probably serving his wife, Miranda Lambert, breakfast in bed this week to ease the sting of his Based on a True Story knocking her Platinum off the top of Billboard’s country albums chart.

In the 69th week of its release, Shelton’s album sold 21,558 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to vault from No. 12 to No. 1, while Platinum, in its seventh week, moved 16,809 units to drop to No. 2.

Joe Nichols must be feeling pretty chipper, too. His single “Yeah” is spending its second week at the peak of the country airplay chart.

No new albums appear this week, but three return after having dropped off for a spell. They are the Statler BrothersBest From the Farewell Concert (back at No. 24), the various-artists package, Now That’s What I Call Country Volume 6, (No. 48) and Randy Houser’s How Country Feels (No. 49).

Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music leaps from No. 28 to No. 17.

Four new singles make their chart bow: Jerrod Niemann’s “Buzz Back Girl” (coming aboard at No. 50), Chase Bryant’s “Take It on Back” (No. 51), Craig Morgan’s “We’ll Come Back Around” (No. 56) and Maggie Rose’s “Girl in Your Truck Song” (No. 58).

(Notice that three of the four new songs have the word “back” in them. Is the universe trying to tell us something? Also notice that Niemann abandoned his previous single, “Donkey,” after a fairly short ride and peaking at No. 43.)

Luke Bryan’s “Roller Coaster” continues to be a hot item. It steams from No. 30 to No. 21 this week in just its fifth week out.

The No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Brantley Gilbert’s Just as I Am, Bryan’s Crash My Party and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times.

Following “Yeah” directly on the songs chart are Chris Young’s “Who I Am With You,” Billy Currington’s “We Are Tonight,” Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” and Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane.”

For our title tales combos, we submit “I Can’t Outrun You/Buzz Back Girl” and “We’ll Come Back Around/Later On.”

The fun never stops.

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