Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party makes a mighty No. 2 debut this week on Billboard's country albums chart, but the No. 1 spot still belongs to Taylor Swift's Speak Now. Aldean's CD sold 192,973 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, compared to Swift's 319,701.
On the country songs chart, the Zac Brown Band's "As She's Walking Away" (featuring Alan Jackson) rockets from No. 4 to No. 1, precisely swapping places with Darius Rucker's "Come Back Song."
Mirroring the country chart, Swift and Aldean also rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the all-genre Billboard 200 list, and Sugarland's The Incredible Machine purrs proudly at No. 3. So three of the five best-selling albums in America are country albums. Go, hillbillies!
The only other new album this week is Brad Paisley's Hits Alive, which enters the country chart at a very respectable No. 4. Completing the Top 5 cluster is Kenny Chesney's Hemingway's Whiskey. Icon: Trisha Yearwood returns at No. 73.
With Aldean at No. 1 and Rucker at No. 4, songs No. 2, 3 and 5, in order, are Sugarland's "Stuck Like Glue," Paisley's "Anything Like Me" and Rodney Atkins' "Farmer's Daughter."
There are three new songs: Little Big Town's "Kiss Goodbye" (No. 54), Swift's "Back to December" (No. 57) and Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's "Don't You Wanna Stay" (No. 59).
Kid Rock's "Born Free" rejoins the action at No. 60.
So, did you pretty much agree with the CMA Awards choices?