There's a brand new name topping the mountain this week as Easton Corbin posts his first No. 1 single -- "A Little More Country Than That" -- on the Billboard country songs chart after a steady climb of 32 weeks.
"But what," you ask with cutely furrowed brow, "of Lady Antebellum?"
Fret not. The turbo-charged trio's Need You Now continues to be country music's best-selling album for the eighth consecutive
Need You Now has also bounced back to the peak of the Billboard 200 all-genres list, the fourth
time it has occupied that eminence. By Nielsen SoundScan's accounting, the album sold just over 93,000 copies this week, bringing
its total sales to nearly 1.5 million.
Brantley Gilbert's Halfway to Heaven is the week's highest-debuting
album, swinging in at No. 19. The only other newcomer CD is Jessica Harp's
A Woman Needs, which bows at No. 31.
The first-time songs are Gloriana's "The
World Is Ours Tonight" (No. 51) and Randy Montana's "Ain't Much Left of Lovin' You" (No. 59). Montana, by the way, is the
son of singer-songwriter Billy Montana, who co-penned Garth Brooks' "More Than a Memory," Jo Dee Messina's "Bring On the Rain"
and Sara Evans' "Suds in the Bucket."
Re-entering the albums chart are Brantley Gilbert's A Modern Day Prodigal
Son (No. 71) and Bill Engvall's Aged and Confused (No. 74). On the songs chart,
two titles return -- Josh Thompson's "Way Out Here" (No. 58) and Katie Armiger's "Kiss Me Now" (No. 60).
Top 5 albums, in descending order, are the Zac Brown Band's The Foundation,
Gary Allan's Get Off on the Pain, Taylor
Swift's Fearless and Blake Shelton's Hillbilly Bone.
No. 2 through No. 5 are Carrie Underwood's "Temporary Home," Shelton and Trace
Adkins' "Hillbilly Bone," the Zac Brown Band's "Highway 20 Ride" and Keith Urban's
"Til Summer Comes Around."
Grab the sunscreen, aficionados. Things are heating up.