Becoming Mrs. Blake Shelton was so last week. This week, Miranda Lambert has something really new to celebrate. Her current single, "Heart Like Mine," has at last made it to No. 1 on Billboard's country songs chart after a slow-but-steady 21-week ascent.
Contributing to the sweetness (and profitability) of Lambert's latest achievement is the fact that she is also one of the song's writers.
Just across the street, so to speak, Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party continues its reign as the week's best-selling country album.
Four new albums have come aboard: Roy Orbison's Opus Collection (at No. 12), Chris Thile and Michael Daves' Sleep With One Eye Open (No. 34), the Wronglers With Jimmy Dale Gilmore's Heirloom Music (No. 64) and Moonshine Bandits' Whiskey and Women (No. 65).
Johnny Cash's American VI: Ain't No Grave returns to the albums chart at No. 72.
Thompson Square has the highest debuting of this week's four new songs. The duo's "I Got You" splashes in at No. 41. Then come Corey Smith's "Twenty-One" (No. 50), Ashley Gearing's "Five More Minutes" (No. 57) and Jason Michael Carroll's "Numbers" (No. 60).
Rounding out the Top 5 songs, in descending order, are Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama" (featuring Alabama), Sara Evans' "A Little Bit Stronger" (last week's No. 1), Rascal Flatts' "I Won't Let Go" and Keith Urban's "Without You."
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums are Taylor Swift's Speak Now, Alison Krauss & Union Station's Paper Airplane, the Zac Brown Band's You Get What You Give and Lady Antebellum's Need You Now.
In our continuing Title Tales tournament, wherein we put together current chart song titles to create phrases and sentences with new meanings, consider these:
Thompson Square + Ashley Gearing = "I Got You Five More Minutes." (A cell phone promotion, perhaps?)
Corey Smith + Martina McBride + Rodney Atkins = "Twenty-One Teenage Daughters Take A Backroad." (There's an alarming headline!)
Jason Michael Carroll + Taylor Swift + Jacob Lyda = "Numbers Mean I'm Doing Alright." (A tale of quantity over quality.)
So what have you got?