Just when you thought Blake Shelton's life couldn't get any sunnier, here he comes with a No. 1 album.
That's right, folks and focus groups, Mr. Long & Lanky's Red River Blue bullets to the top of both the Billboard country and all-genres album rankings this week on Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 116,402 units.
It's lose one, win one for perennial chart champ Jason Aldean. While his My Kinda Party withers for the moment under Shelton's bold assault, his current single, "Dirt Road Anthem," has just become the nation's most-played country song.
But wait, there's more! Chris Young must be swilling champagne, too. His bright new collection, Neon, debuts as the week's No. 2 country album. Its first-period sales total: 72,830 copies.
Be honest: Can you stand the excitement?
The other new albums are Ashton Shepherd's Where Country Grows, blooming at No. 11, and Kasey Chambers' Little Bird, hitting the perch at No. 32.
Lee Brice's Love Like Crazy and Luke Bryan's EP, Spring Break 3: It's a Shore Thing, return to the chart at No. 69 and No. 75, respectively.
There are four new songs: Shepherd's "Where Country Grows" at No. 57 (Nice convergence, eh?), Glen Templeton's "I Could Be the One" (No. 58), Montgomery Gentry's "Where I Come From " (No. 59) and Ash Bowers' "I Still Believe in That" (No. 60).
Following Shelton and Young in the Top 5 albums cluster are Aldean's My Kinda Party, Justin Moore's Outlaws Like Me and Brad Paisley's This Is Country Music, in that order.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Young's "Tomorrow," Shelton's "Honey Bee," the Zac Brown Band's "Knee Deep" (featuring Jimmy Buffett) and Moore's "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" (last week's No. 1).
Now let's all adjourn to the bar. First round's on you.