In Gloomy Sales Week, Brad Paisley Shines With Moonshine in the Trunk

Lady Antebellum's "Bartender" Crowns Country Airplay Chart

In a week that saw CD sales plunge to a historic low, Brad Paisley‘s Moonshine in the Trunk shines like a beacon. It debuts at the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s country albums chart, propelled there, Nielsen SoundScan reports, by selling 53,312 copies.

The other light-emitting news is that Lady Antebellum‘s “Bartender” has arrived at the top of the country airplay chart after a brisk 16-week climb.

By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, total America albums sales for the week just concluded reached 3.97 million units, the smallest total since the statistical service began reporting actual sales numbers in 1991.

Only one new album besides Paisley’s charted this week. It is Lenny Cooper’s The Grind, which bows at No. 17.

Returnees include Kenny Rogers10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection (back at No. 49) and Randy TravisHymns: 17 Timeless Songs of Faith (No. 50).

There are five new songs: Lee Brice‘s “Drinking Class” (No. 48), Paisley’s “Perfect Storm” (No. 52), Joe Nichols‘ “Hard to Be Cool” (No. 53), Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” (No. 59) and American Young’s “Wasn’t Gonna Drink Tonight” (No. 60).

Coming in behind Paisley in the Top 5 albums lineup, in descending order, are Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Party, Chase Rice’s Ignite the Night (last week’s No. 1), the multi-artist package Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue and Brantley Gilbert‘s Just as I Am.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Kenny Chesney‘s “American Kids,” Dustin Lynch‘s “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep),” Cole Swindell‘s “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” and Bryan’s “Roller Coaster.”

Dierks Bentley‘s “Drunk on a Plane,” country’s top song for the past two weeks, has dropped to No. 8.

Unless you’re a hillbilly who’s sensitive about your profligate spending habits, you’ll love the song “High Life” on Paisley’s new album. It’s not just good for a laugh — it’s a veritable explosion of chuckles. Carrie Underwood assists him in this sociological evisceration.

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