Pop a top again.
After a two-week timeout, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo has again popped to the top of Billboard’s country albums chart.
The only new album in this week’s Top 50 is from a familiar — but long absent — name. Shania Twain’s Shania: Still the One: Live From Las Vegas debuts at No. 31.
Twain first hit the country charts in 1993 with “What Made You Say That.” The song went only to No. 55, but its accompanying music video established the Canadian songstress as one of country’s most glamorous performers, a distinction she would hold for the rest of the decade.
More to the point, though, her albums sold in the tens of millions, back when albums were physical objects.
Five new songs make their entrances: Gary Allan’s “Hangover Tonight” (No. 50), Jana Kramer’s “I Got the Boy” (No. 54), LoCash’s “I Love This Life” (No. 56), Eli Young Band’s “Turn It On” (No. 58) and Montgomery Gentry’s “Folks Like Us” (No. 60).
Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Aaron Watson’s The Underdog (last week’s No. 1), Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes and Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1.
By the way, for all you country newcomers, the “pop a top” reference at the top of this column is to Jim Ed Brown’s 1967 hit of that name. (Of course, Alan Jackson had a hit with it again in 1999.)
Give it a listen. Written by the late Nat Stuckey, it’s still one of the best drinking songs around, even if the beer-packaging technology which inspired it has moved ahead.