Meanwhile, Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' regains No. 1 album status
Blake Shelton makes it an even dozen as "Over" shoots 4-1 to become the artist's 12th leader on the audience-driven Country Songs, and the fourth consecutive No. 1 from his "Red River Blue" set (No. 27 on Top Country Albums).
Released last summer, the album also spawned "Honey Bee" (four weeks at No. 1), "God Gave Me You" (three weeks) and "Drink On It" (two weeks). Following a No. 13 peak in July on Country Digital Songs, "Over" ranks at No. 19 in its 12th chart week (22,000 sold).
With 25,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to No. 1 (2-1) on Country Albums for a fifth week after being pushed to No. 2 last week by Colt Ford's "Declaration of Independence," which dips to No. 4 (16,000 sold).
But it's the chart moves of another country superstar, Taylor Swift, that has grabbed most of the attention this week. Her new pop single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," launches on the Hot 100 at No. 1, Country Songs (No. 13), Adult Contemporary (No. 16), Pop Songs (No. 18) and Adult Pop Songs (No. 21). The song sold 623,000 downloads during its first week of release, the largest sum by a woman.
How did she do it? Big Machine and Universal Republic Records teamed with Clear Channel to help premiere "Never," as several of the chain's country, pop and adult stations gave it top-of-the-hour airplay upon its release late Monday (Aug. 13) through the following night. On Country Songs, the bow of "Never" ties as the second-best since BDS data began powering the chart in 1990 and is the best among women in that span.
In April, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's "Feel Like a Rock Star" (also aided by promotional Clear Channel airplay) likewise debuted at No. 13; Garth Brooks' "More Than a Memory" blasted in at No. 1 the week of Sept. 15, 2007.
Additional reporting by Gary Trust in New York City, and Keith Caulfield in Los Angeles