Switch on the applause sign for Darius Rucker as his Charleston, SC 1966 rockets into the No. 1 spot on Billboard's country albums chart. (The title refers to his hometown and year of birth). In its first week out, the album sold a resounding 100,745 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
There's also a new champ on the songs chart: Easton Corbin's "Roll With It." It's the singer's second chart-topper, the first having been "A Little More Country Than That."
In addition to Rucker's, there are seven more new albums to spotlight: The Band Perry's self-titled CD (which enters at No. 2 on first-week sales of 52,500 units), Lady Antebellum's A Merry Little Christmas EP (No. 6) and Trace Adkins' The Definitive Greatest Hits: Til the Last Shot's Fired (No. 12), along with Aaron Watson's The Road & the Rodeo (No. 25), the Secret Sisters' self-titled collection (No. 28), Whitey Morgan and the 78's self-titled (No. 64) and Mel Tillis' comedy album, You Ain't Gonna Believe This (No. 75).
No new songs, sorry to say, but two titles return to the fray: Ashley Gearing's "When You Think About Us" (No. 59) and Kid Rock's "Born Free" (No. 60).
Completing the Top 5 albums lineup, in descending order, are: Kenny Chesney's Hemingway's Whiskey, the Zac Brown Band's You Get What You Give and Toby Keith's Bullets in the Gun (last week's No. 1).
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Rucker's "Come Back Song," Sugarland's "Stuck Like Glue," Josh Turner's "All Over Me" (last week's No. 1) and Chesney's"The Boys of Fall."
Spotted any albums yet for your holiday gift list?