Jason Aldean Comes on Strong, Taylor Swift's Weekly Sales Double
Rascal Flatts, that titanic trio of tunefulness, creams every competitor in sight this week as its new album, Unstoppable, juggernauts to No. 1 on both Billboard's country and all-genres charts.
In its first seven days of availability, Unstoppable sold an astounding (for these parched times) 351,025 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the firm that monitors retail CD purchases.
And if that's not enough to crow about, Flatts also landed this week's No. 1 country song, "Here Comes Goodbye." Last week, it hadn't even reached the Top 5.
Jason Aldean may be ingesting some bubbly, too. His new CD, Wide Open, bows in at No. 2, with sales of 108,960 units. That total was high enough to earn him the No. 4 berth on the all-genres list.
But get this: Even though Flatts and Aldean elbowed Taylor Swift's Fearless into third place, its lowest rank since it debuted 22 weeks ago, the album still sold twice as many copies as it did the week before: 82,090 from 41,557.
Keith Urban's Defying Gravity, last week's No. 1, falls back to No. 4, while Carrie Underwood''s durable Carnival Ride is in the No. 5 slot.
Two more new albums make their first appearance: Billy Ray Cyrus' Back to Tennessee, striding in at No. 13, and Hank Williams' The Unreleased Recordings: Gospel Keepsakes, arriving at No. 51.
Chuck Wicks' Starting Now returns to the chart at No. 66.
First-time songs are Reba McEntire's "Strange" (No. 39), Trace Adkins' "Til the Last Shot's Fired" (No. 50), Darius Rucker's "Alright" (No. 56), Rascal Flatts' "Love Who You Love" (No. 59) and Hank Williams Jr.'s wonderfully titled "Red White and Pink-Slip Blues" (No. 60).
Songs No. 2 through No. 5, in that order, are Jake Owen's "Don't Think I Can't Love You" (No. 2), Aldean's "She's Country," Rodney Atkins' "It's America" and Underwood and Randy Travis' "I Told You So."
Music Row must be beaming.