After 14 weeks on the Billboard country albums chart, Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party has finally dispossessed Taylor Swift's Speak Now from its No. 1 perch. Speak Now has reigned at the top for most of the 15 weeks since its release.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, My Kinda Party sold 26,875 copies last week, compared to Speak Now's 26,879. Overall, Speak Now has sold 3,136,084 units and My Kinda Party 818,770.
Adding to the drama is the fact that Chris Young's "Voices" has replaced Kenny Chesney's "Somewhere With You" as most-played country song -- after a bone-weary 51-week climb.
The JaneDear Girls' self-titled CD is the week's highest-debuting arrival, entering the chart at No. 10. The only other newcomers in this category are Hank Williams' Bound for the Promised Land: The Unreleased Recordings (No. 53) and a self-titled collection from Kenny Rogers (No. 68).
There are seven first-time song entries: Ronnie Dunn's "Bleed Red" (No. 30), Keith Urban's "Without You" (No. 47), Chesney's "Live a Little" (No. 49), Jamey Johnson's "Heartache" (No. 51), Carrie Underwood's "Songs Like This" (No. 52), Colt Ford's "Country Thang" (No. 55) and Gretchen Wilson's "I'd Love to Be Your Last" (No. 60).
Following Aldean and Swift, the No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, the Zac Brown Band's You Get What You Give and Rascal Flatts' Nothing Like This.
Completing the Top 5 songs list are Chesney's "Somewhere With You," Luke Bryan's "Someone Calling You Baby," Blake Shelton's "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" and Urban's "Put You in a Song."
It looks like the charts are finally thawing. Can spring be far behind?