Country pop is
sneaking up on the charts this week as Blake
Shelton reigns with ‘Sure Be Cool If You Did’, at #1 on Hot Country Songs,
Country Airplay and Country Digital Songs. Alongside
him are Lady Antebellum with ‘Downtown’ at #2 on Hot Country Songs, #4 on
Country Digital Songs, and up at #6 on Country Airplay. Miranda Lambert is also clinging on to her place near the top of
the charts with ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’, at #3 on Country Digital Songs and Hot
Country Songs, although she’s still trailing at #11 on Country Airplay. Miranda’s
2011 album ‘Four The Record’ is up two places this week to #12 for its 72nd
week on the chart.
Darius Rucker’s ‘Wagon
Wheel’ is still rising, at #2 on Country Digital Songs, while at #5 on Hot
Country Songs and #16 on Country Airplay. Meanwhile Carrie Underwood’s ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ is holding onto its peak
at #4 on Hot Country Songs, #2 on Country Airplay but is down to #12 on Country
Digital Songs. The album ‘Blown Away’ is at #9. A new entry on the chart is ‘DONE.’ by The Band Perry, which debuts
at #11 on Country Digital Songs, while their ‘Better Dig Two’ is at #10. ‘DONE.’
is at #26 in its third week on Country Airplay, with ‘Better Dig Two’ residing
at #12 on Hot Country Songs.
are Brad Paisley’s ‘Beat This Summer’ (#21 on Country Airplay) and Jason Aldean’s
‘1994’ (#23 on Country Digital Songs). Lee Brice (#6 on Hot Country Songs with ‘I
Drive Your Truck’), Florida Georgia Line (#7 with ‘Get Your Shine On’ and ‘Cruise’
at #11), and Hunter Hayes (#8 with ‘Somebody’s Heartbreak’ and #9 with ‘Wanted’)
are all hanging around the top 10
across the charts. They have a
challenger from Kenny Chesney in ‘Pirate Flag’, at #10 on Hot Country Songs
and Country Airplay, and #7 on Country Digital Songs.
Shooter Jennings impacts Top Country Albums with ‘The Other
Life’ at #19, while Ashley Monroe’s new one ‘Like A Rose’ drops 8 places to
#18. The true king of this chart
however is Luke Bryan, whose recent compilation release ‘Spring Break… Here To
Party’ is at #1 for its second consecutive week. His previous full-length album
from 2011, ‘Tailgates and Tanlines’ jumps up to #7. However his latest not-really-a-single-it’s-just-sort-of-promotional-and-we-needed-a-song-out
‘Buzzkill’ drops 11 places this week to #16 on Country Digital Songs.
Others tearing up the
charts and honourable mentions this week are Little Big Town for ‘Tornado’
(both single and album); Tim McGraw for ‘One of Those Nights’, his new single ‘Highway
Don’t Care’, and the album ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’; Taylor Swift for the album ‘Red’;
Eric Church for ‘Like Jesus Does’ and his album ‘Chief’ (86th week
and counting); Thompson Square for ‘If I Didn’t Have You’; Chris Young for ‘I
Can Take It From There’; and Kacey Musgraves for ‘Merry Go Round’. Stayer of the week has to be Brantley
Gilbert’s album ‘Halfway To Heaven’, which celebrates its 150th week
on the chart this week, rising back up to #17!
Check out my chart roundup next week to see where Kacey
Musgraves’ hugely anticipated new album will sit, plus other chart gossip.