A laurel and hearty toast (apologies to Blazing Saddles) to Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town, which debuts this week at the top of both Billboard’s country albums chart and The Billboard 200 all-genres rankings. That amounts to a heap of golden fleece.
Thumbs thrust skyward, too, in tribute to Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, whose “Meant to Be” rolls in at No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay list. It made the journey after a relatively quick 22-week climb.
The only other new album to report is John Prine’s The Tree of Forgiveness. It blooms at No. 2.
Eight albums return to battle. They are Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings (back at No. 20), Midland’s On the Rocks (No. 32), Darius Rucker’s When Was the Last Time (No. 34) and Lady Antebellum’s Heart Break (No. 35).
We see two new songs — Sugarland’s “Babe,” featuring Taylor Swift (No. 27) and Chris Stapleton’s “Millionaire” (No. 53). Re-entering is Rodney Atkins’ “Caught Up in the Country,” featuring the Fisk Jubilee Singers (No. 59).
Jordan Davis’ “Singles You Up,” last week’s No. 1 song, has dropped to No. 6.
Just remember this: Ask not what country music can do for you — ask what you can do for country music.