Will someone please trot over to Music Row and wake up the record labels? They seem to be dozing this week. Where’s that torrent of new albums and songs we’ve come to expect in the spring — the ones propelled into prominence by the Grammy and Academy of Country Music awards shows?
And Keith Urban’s recently revivified Ripcord is spending its second straight week as the top country album.
There’s just one new album breaking into the Top 50. It’s Hosier’s Paving My Way, which debuts at No. 37. Justin Moore’s Kinda Don’t Care pops back in at No. 49.
While these are all worthy packages, the number of weeks they’ve been on the charts illustrates the dearth of strong new material. Ripcord has been on for 50 weeks, Traveller 103, Dig Your Roots 34 and Montevallo 114.
Only Brett Young — with a 10-week life span — can be considered a newcomer.
Maybe next week, huh?