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.
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).
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.