You want numbers? How about 209,000? That's how many copies Lady Antebellum's Need You Now sold the past week. And it was enough to keep the CD solidly at No. 1 on both Billboard's country and all-genres album charts for the second week in a row. If you're keeping count, that brings the grand total to more than 690,000 units sold.
So a torrent of applause, please.
And while we're at it, let's hoist a vigorous but respectful thumb to Josh Turner, who waltzes into the No. 1 spot on the songs chart this week with "Why Don't We Just Dance."
The highest-charting new album to report is Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, which bounces in at No. 19. The remaining first-timers are Lee Brice's Love Like Crazy (No. 56), Waylon Jennings' Super Hits II (No. 74) and Clay Walker's She Won't Be Lonely Long (No. 75).
Making a return visit to the chart are the Zac Brown Band's Live From Bonnaroo (re-entering at No. 58), Steve Earle's Townes (No. 63), Kris Kristofferson's Closer to the Bone (No. 68) and the various artists collection Best of Country Gospel (No. 72).
Emily West's "Blue Sky," featuring Keith Urban, surfaces at No. 53 as the top new country song. The other new arrivals are Coldwater Jane's "Bring On the Love" (No. 59) and Laura Bell Bundy's "Giddy On Up" (No. 60).
Albums No. 2 through No. 5, in that order, are Taylor Swift's Fearless, the Zac Brown Band's The Foundation, Carrie Underwood's Play On and Lady Antebellum's self-titled debut.
Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Jason Aldean's "The Truth," Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night," Darius Rucker's "History in the Making" and Miranda Lambert's "White Liar."
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