Jason Aldean Recaptures Album Summit With Old Boots, New Dirt

“Perfect Storm” Propels Brad Paisley to Top of Country Songs Chart

After taking a back seat for several weeks to Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine, Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt and Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party have surged back into the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, on Billboard’s top country albums chart.

And to be properly impressed by these feats, keep in mind Old Boots has been out 15 weeks and Crash for 74!

On the country airplay songs chart, Brad Paisley’s “Perfect Storm” finally takes the high ground after a 19-week trek.

There aren’t any new albums cracking the Top 50 this week, but seven have made a comeback.

They are Frankie Ballard’s Sunshine & Whiskey (returning at No. 35), Tyler Farr’s Redneck Crazy (No. 40), Trace Adkins’ ponderously titled 10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (No. 43).

Also, Colt Ford’s Thanks for Listening (No. 46), Justin Moore’s Off the Beaten Path (No. 47), Big & Rich’s Gravity (No. 48) and Rosanne Cash’s The River & the Thread (No. 49).

Three new songs come aboard: Josh Dorr’s “Save Your Breath” (No. 55), Old Dominion’s “Shut Me Up” (No. 58) and Haley & Michaels’ “Just Another Love Song” (No. 59).

Returning to action are Steven Lee Olsen’s “Raised by a Good Time” (No. 57) and Chris Lane’s “Broken Windshield View” (No. 60).

The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Brooks’ Man Against Machine (last week’s No. 1).

Following “Perfect Storm” in the Top 5 songs array are Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” (last week’s No. 1), Kenny Chesney’s “Til It’s Gone,” Eric Church’s “Talladega” and Underwood’s “Something in the Water.”

According to Nielsen’s just-released survey of U. S. music-buying and music-listening habits, the average American spent $109 on recorded and live music in 2014 and listened to music during that year an average of 25 hours a week.

So were you above or below average? Now be honest.

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