The happiest guy on the chart this week is probably Jimmy Wayne, who leapfrogs to No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart with "Do You Believe Me Now." In so doing, he scores the biggest hit of his career thus far.
Wayne's album, also titled Do You Believe Me Now, enters the chart at No. 4 as one of the brand new CDs copping three of the Top 5 slots on this week's country albums chart. Also making an impressive entrance at No. 5 is the Lost Trailers' Holler Back.
Topping the country albums chart, however, is the multi-artist collection NOW That's What I Call Country. It sold just over 50,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to push Sugarland's Love on the Inside out of the No. 1 berth it occupied for the past five weeks.
NOW That's What I Call Country collects hits from Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Trace Adkins and others and unlocks free downloads from Jamey Johnson, Ashton Shepherd, Chuck Wicks, Emily West, Eric Church and the Lost Trailers.
Rounding out the Top 5 albums are Love on the Inside at No. 2 and Taylor Swift at No. 3.
But wait ... there's more: Also making their first-time bows are Jason Boland & the Stragglers' Comal County Blue (No. 30), Roger Creager's Here It Is (No. 39) and Pine Mountain Railroad's Pickin', Praisin' & Singin' (No. 68).
Only two new songs have charted this reporting period: Sugarland's "Already Gone" (No. 47) and Josh Gracin's "Unbelievable (Ann Marie)" (No. 57). Trailing Wayne within the Top 5 songs are Brad Paisley's "Waitin' on a Woman," Urban's "You Look Good in My Shirt," Keith Anderson's "I Still Miss You" and Darius Rucker's "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," in that order.
There's a boatload of new albums headed your way over the next several weeks. So keep the lamp burning.