Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde Is Nation’s No. 1 Album

Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” Enjoys Second Week as Top Country Song

Cue the rose petals.

Music Row is understandably in ecstasy over the fact that the Zac Brown Band’s
new album, Jekyll + Hyde, is not only the bestselling country album this week, according to Billboard, but also the bestselling album among all genres.

In its first week out, Jekyll + Hyde sold a whopping 214,224 copies, Nielsen SoundScan reports.

On the country airplay chart, Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” is spending its second week at No. 1.

The excitement over the release of Jekyll + Hyde also appears to have stimulated sales of the ZBB’s Greatest Hits So Far, boosting that title from No. 27, where it roosted last week, to No. 20.

Tyler Farr has plenty to crow about, too. His Suffer in Peace debuts at No. 2 on sales of 36,289 units.

Other albums making their first chart appearance are Dailey & Vincent’s Alive! In Concert (No. 28) and Michael Ray’s Kiss You in the Morning (No. 37).

Colt Ford’s Thanks for Listening re-enters at No. 45, while The Music of Nashville: Season 3: Volume 1, the multi-artist soundtrack package, returns at No. 50.

Pokey LaFarge’s heavily publicized Something in the Water bubbles up from No. 39 to No. 27 in its fourth week of chart life.

There are only two new songs to note: Toby Keith’s “35 MPH Town,” rolling in at No. 59, and Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat” — a song my dentist hums whenever I go in for a cleaning — docking at No. 60.

The No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Reba’s Love Somebody (last week’s No. 1), Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Little Big Town’s Pain Killer.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Keith Urban’s “Raise ‘Em Up” (featuring Eric Church), Farr’s “A Guy Walks Into a Bar,” Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” and A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke.”

How about a round of applause for all the valiant contenders?

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