LOCASH and Jason Aldean Claim Top Song and Album Slots

Mo Pitney and Garth Brooks Have Week’s Highest Debuts

It’s a leap Superman would envy.

Without bothering to tiptoe respectfully into the lower reaches of the Top 5 and wait its turn to move up, LOCASH’s “I Know Somebody” has vaulted straight from No. 6 to No. 1 this week on Billboard’s country airplay chart.

It’s taken the duo — formerly known as the LoCash Cowboys — 36 weeks to propel the song to its current eminence. This is LOCASH’s first No. 1.

Meanwhile, Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know is spending its second consecutive week as country’s top-selling album, a position it first achieved when it made its bow five weeks back.

There are plenty of new albums to salute, none of which, alas, boasts startling sales numbers. Arriving at No. 10 is Mo Pitney’s Behind This Guitar. The long-awaited collection from Nashville’s most-lauded new traditionalist sold 3,278 copies the first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Also cracking the chart for the first time are Tucker Beathard’s Fight Like Hell EP (No. 14), Brent Cobb’s Shine On Rainy Day (No. 17), Buddy Brown’s I Call BS on That (No. 22), Loretta Lynn’s White Christmas Blue (No. 35) and Dylan Schneider’s 17 EP (No. 37).

Garth Brooks’ “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” is the only new song. It debuts at a Garthian No. 19.

Three songs re-enter the list — Chris Lane’s “For Her” (No. 56), Joe Nichols’ “Undone” (No. 57) and Jana Kramer’s “Circles” (No. 58).

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots, Keith Urban’s Ripcord and Dolly Parton’s Pure & Simple.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs cluster are Luke Bryan’s “Move,” Kenny Chesney’s “Setting the World on Fire,” featuring P!nk, Billy Currington’s “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” (last week’s No. 1) and Cole Swindell’s “Middle of a Memory.”

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