If the title of Josh Turner’s new album sounds a tad self-pitying, rest
assured he’s feeling better now. That’s because Punching Bag — the title in question — had just debuted at No. 1
on Billboard‘s country albums chart.
It was propelled there, Nielsen SoundScan reports, by first-week sales
of 44,907 copies.
Eric Church may be hoisting a festive cup, as
well, considering that his single “Springsteen” is the top country
song for the second week in a row.
Other albums entering the charts are the multi-artist collection Now That’s What
I Call Country, Vol. 5 (No. 4), the self-titled Edens Edge (No.
9), Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Ashes and Roses (No. 16) and
Mud Digger’s Mud Digger 3 (No. 23).
Casey James’ “Crying
on a Suitcase” is the highest-ranking new song, parting the curtain at No. 54, and followed by Trace
Adkins‘ “Them Lips (On Mine)” (No. 56), Carrie Underwood’s “Blown
Away” (No. 58) and Craig Morgan’s “Corn Star” (No. 59).
Band Perry‘s “The Star Spangled Banner” flaps back onto the chart at No. 60.
The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums
this week, in that order, are Alan Jackson’s Thirty Miles West
(last week’s No. 1), Luke Bryan’s Tailgates Tanlines and Underwood’s
Lining up behind “Springsteen” within the Top 5 songs cluster are Bryan’s “Drunk
on You,” Brantley Gilbert’s “You
Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” Eli Young Band’s “Even
if It Breaks Your Heart” and Tim McGraw’s “Better Than I Used to Be.”
honest: Don’t you find summer a bit overstated?