Everybody else can just pack up and go home early. This week the charts belong to Jason
Aldean, thanks to his top-of-the-heap album Night Train and its spawn of seven — count ‘em — seven singles.
Nielsen-SoundScan-confirmed sales of 409,303 copies its first week out, Night Train crowns both the country and the
Billboard 200 all-genres charts.
We will resist the impulse to gush further and reserve a few dozen adjectives
in anticipation of the Taylor Swift chart tornado predicted for next
While we’re talking Taylor, let it be noted that her “We
Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” continues as the No. 1 song for the third week.
It’s high cotton, too, for
Scotty McCreery and Jamey
Johnson, whose albums debut at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, via Christmas With Scotty McCreery and Living
for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran.
Their first-week sales
totals were 40,786 and 32,028.
Owing to Billboard‘s new song-ranking methodology that takes into account factors
in addition to airplay, Aldean has the highest-debuting single this week, “Night Train,” which enters at No. 26, plus “The
Only Way I Know,” with Luke Bryan and Eric
Church (No. 28), “When She Says Baby” (No. 33), “This Nothin’ Town” (No. 41), “Feel That Again” (No. 45), “I Don’t Do
Lonely Well” (No. 47) and “Staring at the Sun” (No. 49).
The remaining new songs are Charles Esten and Hayden Panettiere’s
“Undermine” (No. 39) and Hunter Hayes’ “Somebody’s Heartbreak” (No. 48).
only other new album is Hayes’ Live EP (No. 33).
Vincent‘s Sunday Mornin’ Singin': Live! re-enters at No. 37.
Rounding out the Top 5 albums are Little
Big Town‘s Tornado (No. 4) and Carrie Underwood’s Blown
Away (No. 5). Tornado thus concludes a five-week run at No. 1.
Get your sun screen ready. It’s really going to heat up next week.