Sales of Uncaged, the new Zac Brown Band album, continue to
skyrocket, keeping it at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country chart for the fourth straight week.
During that time,
Uncaged has sold 400,497 copies, by the Nielsen SoundScan count, thereby eclipsing Kenny
Chesney‘s Welcome to the Fishbowl, which has sold 389,529 units in seven weeks.
Chesney shouldn’t feel
too gloomy, though. His “Come Over” is America’s most-played country
song for the second week in a row.
Gloriana’s A Thousand Miles Left
Behind is the week’s highest-debuting album. It breezes in at No. 2 on sales of 22,869 copies.
Other albums making
their first chart appearances include Joey Rory’s His and Hers
(No. 24), Elvis Presley’s I Am an Elvis Fan: A Collection of Elvis
Songs Chosen by the Fans (No. 27), Kasey Chambers’ Storybook
(No. 53), Tyler Barham’s Don’t Cage This Heart EP (No. 56), Colt Ford’s
Declaration of Independence (No. 67) and Merle Haggard’s 10
Great Songs (No. 75).
The week’s new songs are Sara Evans’ “Anywhere”
(No. 57), Lonestar’s “The Countdown” (No. 59) and Andy
Gibson‘s “Summer Back” (No. 60).
Ford’s “Back,” with Jake
Owen, returns at No. 58.
The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 albums this week are Chesney’s Welcome to the Fishbowl,
Luke Bryan’s Tailgates Tanlines and Carrie
Underwood‘s Blown Away, in that order.
Have you noticed the breaking-away
imagery in the titles of recent country albums? There’s ZBB’s Uncaged, Gloriana’s A Thousand Miles Left Behind,
Underwood’s Blown Away, Rascal Flatts’ Changed, Chris
Cagle‘s Back in the Saddle (alas, no breakaway for his horse), the soundtrack to Footloose, Tyler Barham’s
Don’t Cage This Heart and Ford’s Declaration of Independence.
Older and more sedentary country fans are
not likely to be lured by such expressions of vigor. For that market, we suggest such stress-free titles as Staying Put,
This Is Good Enough, Why Bother? and Spontaneity? Let Me Think About It.