Billboard's forecast was right on the money -- and lots of it. The Zac Brown Band's Uncaged is indeed this week's bestselling album, not on the country charts alone but on Billboard's all-genres tally as well.
According to the Nielsen SoundScan count, Uncaged sold 234,289 copies its first week out, almost doubling the total of R&B singer Frank Ocean's highly touted Channel Orange.
On the country songs chart, the Eli Young Band's "Even if It Breaks Your Heart" coasts into the No. 1 slot after a 31-week pilgrimage.
The other new albums are Hank Williams Jr.'s Old School New Rules (entering at No. 4), Rhonda Vincent's Sunday Mornin' Singin': Live! (No. 53), Jerry Lee Lewis' Sun Recordings: Greatest Hits (No. 71) and Greg Bates' self-titled EP (No. 72).
There are three new songs: Luke Bryan's "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" (No. 55), the Randy Rogers Band's "One More Sad Song" (No. 56) and Colt Ford's "Back" with Jake Owen (No. 59).
The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums are Kenny Chesney's Welcome to the Fishbowl (No. 1 for the previous three weeks), Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines and Eric Church's Chief.
Stacked up behind "Even if It Breaks Your Heart" in the Top 5 songs cluster are Dierks Bentley's "5-1-5-0," Chesney's "Come Over," Gloriana's "(Kissed You) Good Night" and Brantley Gilbert's "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" (last week's No. 1).
Tim McGraw fanatics will be pleased to know that both of his singles that debuted last week -- "Truck Yeah" and "Right Back Atcha Babe" -- are still on the chart, although the latter has slipped back to No. 60, just one step short of oblivion. It's the one released by McGraw's former label after he signed a new deal with Big Machine Label Group.
Somewhere a record promoter is weeping.