Flying in like a last-minute Rudolph, Miranda Lambert has given country music the Christmas jolt it needed with The Weight of These Wings.
Her enigmatically titled double album debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart and No. 3 on the all-formats Billboard 200 on first-week sales of 121,766 copies, as calculated by Nielsen Soundscan.
Total country album sales this week are almost twice those of last week.
There are lots of other new albums to report, notably George Strait’s Strait Out of the Box, Part 2 (No 3, on sales of 21,069 units), Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s Christmas Together/Gunslinger package (No. 14) and Faith Hill’s Deep Tracks (No. 22). Also, Robert Earl Keen’s Live Dinner Reunion (No. 29), High Valley’s Dear Life (No. 37) and Travis Tritt’s A Man and His Guitar: Live From the Franklin Theatre (No. 44).
Chris Young’s I’m Comin’ Over re-enters the chart at No. 50.
The No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s Christmas Together (last week’s No. 1), Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots.
Comprising the No. 2 through No. 5 songs, we have Brett Young’s “Sleep Without You,” Old Dominion’s “Song for Another Time,” Brett Eldredge’s “Wanna Be That Song” and Aldean’s “A Little More Summertime” (last week’s No. 1).
Language inspectors should note there’s one “gonna” and two “wanna’s” among this week’s song titles. When will this madness end!