Alison Krauss’ Windy City Blows In at No. 1

Little Big Town's “Better Man” Is Top Song for Second Week

Well, all right!

The incomparable Alison Krauss sweeps in at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country albums chart this week with Windy City, her first solo album (no Union Station here) since Forget About It in 1999.

Nielsen SoundScan reports that the album sold 36,488 copies its first week out. Surely celebrations have broken out across the nation at having Krauss back.

On the songs side, Little Big Town‘s “Better Man” holds its top spot as most-played country song for the second week in a row.

There’s comparatively little activity in the lower reaches of either chart. There are only two other new albums — Jessie James Decker‘s Gold EP (arriving at No. 5) and Nikki Lane‘s Highway Queen (No. 41).

Returning to the charts are Tim McGraw‘s Number One Hits (No. 36), Brantley Gilbert‘s Just as I Am (No. 45) and Luke Bryan‘s Tailgates & Tanlines (No. 47).

The only new song is Brett Eldredge‘s “Somethin’ I’m Good At,” which pops up at No. 32.

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 albums, in that order, are Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Collection, Gilbert’s The Devil Don’t Sleep and Keith Urban‘s Ripcord.

Last week’s top album, Reba McEntire‘s Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, has slipped to No. 6.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Chris Young‘s “Sober Saturday Night,” featuring Vince Gill, Michael Ray‘s “Think a Little Less,” Brad Paisley‘s “Today” and Jon Pardi‘s “Dirt on My Boots.”

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