The unsinkable Reba rockets once again to the top of Billboard’s country albums chart with Love Somebody, landing there on first-week sales of 58,351 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The now mono-monikered star first hit the charts on May 8, 1976, with the yearningly prophetic “I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand.” So we’re talking about a 39-year run, folks.
Coming in as the No. 2 album is another name with some moss on it — Dwight Yoakam with Second Hand Heart. It racked up initial sales of 21,296 units.
Yoakam has been a chart fixture since March 1, 1986, when he parted the country curtain with “Honky Tonk Man.”
The only other new album to report is Zane Williams’ Texas Like That, which debuts at No. 31.
Four albums have returned to action: Brad Paisley’s Moonshine in the Trunk (No. 32), Jake Owen’s Days of Gold (No. 42), the multi-artist collection 21 Country Hits (No. 43) and the eponymous Maddie & Tae (No. 46).
Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, we have Hunt’s Montevallo, Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes and the various-artist package Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years.
Last week’s No. 1 album, Darius Rucker’s Southern Style, has dropped to No. 6.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do,” the Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown” (last week’s No. 1), Lee Brice’s “Drinking Class” and Keith Urban’s “Raise ‘Em Up,” featuring Eric Church.
Just as a footnote, total sales for the Top 75 country albums jumped from 173,667 copies last week to 288,110 units this week, probably because of all the publicity surrounding the then-impending Academy of Country Music awards.
Now that the awards have been handed out to great fanfare, next week’s chart should begin reflecting the impact.
Ah, the excitement builds.