'American Idol' Alums Crown This Week's Album Chart

Blake Shelton Has Top Song, but Toby Keith Claims Highest-Debuting One

It's confirmed: America has become a nation of idol worshippers -- American Idol, that is. The two top tiers on Billboard's country albums chart this week are occupied by Idol alumni.

Scotty McCreery, who won this season's contest, keeps the No. 1 spot at which he debuted last week, with Clear as Day, while Idol runner-up, Lauren Alaina, enters at No. 2 with Wildflower.

McCreery sold 88,153 albums during the past week, Nielsen SoundScan reports. Alaina moved 69,013 copies.

Martina McBride's new album, Eleven, bows at No. 4 on sales of 40,116 units.

The always reliable Blake Shelton boasts the week's highest-ranking song, "God Gave Me You."

There are three other new albums: Hunter Hayes' self-titled collection (No. 7), Johnny Cash's Bootleg Volume III (No. 42) and Mac McAnally's Live in Muscle Shoals (No. 72).

Lady Antebellum's Own the Night stands at No. 3 and Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party at No. 5.

The week's new songs are Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" (No. 45) and Brent Anderson's "Amy's Song" (No. 60). Shelton's "Footloose" and the Lost Trailers' "Underdog" re-enter the charts at No. 57 and No. 58, respectively.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are George Strait's "Here for a Good Time," the Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl," Keith Urban's "Long Hot Summer" (last week's No. 1) and Rodney Atkins' "Take a Back Road" (No. 5), in that order.

Here's a question for you country music historians: At what point did the music become more about partying than working?

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