Brad Paisley is the big news this week as his American Saturday Night catapults into the No. 1 niche on Billboard's country albums chart. The collection racked up first-week sales of nearly 130,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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Holding for the second consecutive week as Billboard's top country song is Dierks Bentley's "Sideways."
There are two new CDs to report. Tanya Tucker bows at No. 27 with My Turn, while Cledus T. Judd's checks in at No. 56 with the humorously-titled Polyrically Incorrect.
The returning albums are Taylor Swift's Beautiful Eyes EP (No. 57), Steve Ivey's Ultimate Bluegrass (No. 73), Elvis Presley's Collector's Edition: Elvis Inspirational Memories (No. 74) and Wynonna's Sing: Chapter 1 (No. 75).
Tim McGraw boasts the highest-charting new song. His cunningly titled "It's a Business Doing Pleasure With You" arrives at No. 35 and is trailed by Toby Keith's "American Ride" (No. 38), Keith Urban's "Only You Can Love Me This Way" (No. 52), Jason Michael Carroll's "Hurry Home" (No. 56), Sarah Buxton's "Outside My Window" (No. 57) and Paisley's "American Saturday Night" (No. 59).
Albums No. 2 through 5 this week are Swift's Fearless, the soundtrack to Hannah Montana: The Movie, the Zac Brown Band's The Foundation and Jason Aldean's Wide Open. (This is the first week Fearless has pulled ahead of Hannah Montana since the latter album debuted 11 weeks ago.)
Following "Sideways" within the Top 5 songs cluster are the Zac Brown Band's "Whatever It Is," Lady Antebellum's "I Run to You," Billy Currington's "People Are Crazy" and Paisley's "Then," in that order.
By Nielsen SoundScan's count, fans purchased a total of 497,727 current country albums this past week. (That number does not include catalog sales of older country CDs.)
Keep shopping, folks. Music Row needs you.