O-o-o-o-klahoma ... where the wins come sweeping up the charts!
Looking at the Billboard country charts this week, one might guess they were compiled by the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce.
Okies Toby Keith and Blake Shelton rule the album and songs chart, respectively. Keith's Clancy's Tavern debuts at No. 1 on the albums list with first-week sales of 68,559 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and Shelton's "God Gave Me You" wears the crown for the third straight week.
Then there's Vince Gill, the pride of Norman, Okla., whose Guitar Slinger has the second-highest debut on the albums chart, bowing in at No. 4.
Wait until Texas hears of this effrontery. There will be blood.
The only other new album is the Kentucky Headhunters' Dixie Lullabies, checking in at No. 75. The Secret Sisters' self-titled CD returns to action at No. 72
Lauren Alaina's "Georgia Peaches" is the lone new song. It squeezes in at No. 52.
The No. 2, 3 and 5 albums are Scotty McCreery's Clear as Day, Lady Antebellum's Own the Night and Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party.
Standing in line behind the intractable Mr. Shelton's "God Gave Me You," are the Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl," Taylor Swift's "Sparks Fly," Brantley Gilbert's "Country Must Be Country Wide" and Miranda Lambert's "Baggage Claim," in that order.
Those of you attracted to large numbers may be pleased to know that by Nielsen SoundScan's count Swift's Speak Now has sold 3,716,933 during its 53 weeks on the charts, Aldean's My Kinda Party stands at 1,958,240 after 52 weeks out and Lady Antebellum's Own the Night has moved 717,916 units in just seven weeks.
A grateful industry thanks them each and all.