Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean No. 1; Carrie Underwood Debuts on Country Charts
Chesney bows atop Top Country Albums, Aldean logs a milestone reign on Hot Country Songs & expectant mom Underwood's 'Water' breaks.
Nearly 20 years after first gracing the list, Kenny Chesney collects his lucky 13th No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as The Big Revival starts with 130,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The coronation lifts Chesney into a tie with Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson for the third-most No. 1s since Top Country Albums adopted SoundScan data in 1991. George Strait leads with 16 toppers in that span, followed by Tim McGraw (15).
Backing out a No. 52-peaking Super Hits in 2009 and a No. 4 peak for 2003's All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan, Chesney has topped the tally with 13 consecutive releases (including two proper best-of sets and the concert recording Live: Live Those Songs Again). His streak started with 2000's Greatest Hits, which spent its first two weeks at No. 1.
With 28.7 million albums sold in the U.S., Chesney ranks as the seventh-best-selling country albums artist since SoundScan began tracking sales. Brooks leads the genre (and all acts) with 69.6 million, followed by Strait (45.3 million), McGraw (42.2 million), Shania Twain (34.4 million), Reba McEntire (30.3 million) and Toby Keith (30.2 million).
OTHER BIG (& RICH) NEWS: Big & Rich collect their fifth Top Country Albums top 10, as Gravity debuts at No. 8 (7,000 sold). The duo last reached the region with Hillbilly Jedi, which entered and peaked at No. 4 two years ago this week.
PERFECT 10 AT No. 1: Jason Aldean leads Hot Country Songs for a 10th week with "Burnin' It Down" (Broken Bow), becoming just the 15th No. 1 to reign for a double-digit weeks count since the chart formed as a multi-metric ranking in 1958. (It's the fourth such leader since Hot Country Songs adopted its present sales/airplay/streaming-based methodology in October 2012.)
Aldean also lands the chart's Hot Shot Debut at No. 8 with "Tonight Looks Good on You," which arrives as his fifth No. 1 on Country Digital Songs (90,000). It's the fifth track (including "Burnin'") to hit Hot Country Songs from his Oct. 7 album Old Boots, New Dirt.
BUBBLING: Carrie Underwood dents Hot Country Songs with "Something in the Water," which dips its toe onto the chart at No. 48.
With the song having been released to radio and retail on Monday, it should make a play for the upper reaches of next week's Hot Country Songs chart following its first full week of digital availability. This week, "Water" starts with all its chart points from its first two days of radio airplay (12.8 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS; radio follows a Wednesday-Tuesday tracking week for Hot Country Songs, while sales and streaming encompass a Monday-Sunday period).
The midtempo "Water" previews Underwood's Greatest Hits: Decade #1, due Dec. 9.
Ten years ago in January, she began her run toward winning the 2005 season of Fox's American Idol. "Not only will you win this show, you will sell more records than any other previous Idol winner," then-judge Simon Cowell accurately predicted after she belted out Heart's "Alone" that March. True enough, with 14.7 million in career U.S. album sales, she outpaces runner-up and original Idol champ (2002) Kelly Clarkson, who's sold 13.5 million.