“Just Gettin’ Started” Ends at the Top for Jason Aldean

Yes, Sam Hunt's Montevallo Is Still No. 1 Country Album

Capping a 20-week ascent, Jason Aldean’s “Just Gettin’ Started” rolls into No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart.

Meanwhile, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo maintains its tenacious hold at the top of the country albums list. In total, the album has occupied that vantage point for seven of the past 19 weeks.

Also noteworthy is the fact that Shania Twain’s Shania: Still the One: Live From Las Vegas has vaulted into the No. 2 album niche after debuting last week at No. 31.

There are three new albums to note: Asleep at the Wheel’s Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (sashaying in at No. 14), the multi-artist The Average Joes DJ’s Present: Mud in the Club, Volume 1 (No. 16) and the self-titled Cole Taylor EP (No. 39).

Returning to the albums chart are the eponymous The Swon Brothers (No. 38) and Dan + Shay’s Where It All Began (No. 46).

The week’s new songs are Kacey Musgraves’ “Biscuits” (No. 56), Luke Bryan’s “Games” (No. 57) and David Fanning’s “Doin’ Country Right” (No. 60).

The No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in that order, include Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes and Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Brett Eldredge’s “Mean to Me,” Blake Shelton’s “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe (last week’s No. 1), Cole Swindell’s “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” and Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes.”

It’s not exactly a trend yet, but we’ve noticed several recent album and song titles have been boiled down to a single word.

Montevallo, you should be aware of by now, but let us not overlook Miranda Lambert’s Platinum, the MavericksMono, Steve Earle & the DukesTerraplane, Dierks Bentley’s Riser, Lady Antebellum’s 747, Young’s A.M. and Keith Urban’s Fuse.

Songwise, we have “Biscuits” and “Games,” as noted above, plus the Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown,” a Thousand Horses“Smoke,” Gloriana’s “Trouble,” Rascal Flatts“Riot,” Maddie & Tae’s “Fly” and Mo Pitney’s “Country.”

That’s it. We anatomize, you analyze.

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