May seems to be the month for unprecedented firsts in music. Last week country music star Kenny Chesney enjoyed incredible success when his new album, Life On A Rock, debuted at #1 on Billboard Top 200 Albums. Kenney is no johnny-come-lately, his talent has been with us for a while now. Time spent doesn't mean you're a superstar though, but now with 7 No. 1 albums under his belt, Chesney is only one new super-selling album away from tying with Garth Brooks. There's no doubt that if he keeps doing what he's doing now, it will be a piece of cake for Kenny to trump Brooks.
Unlike some country music stars, his strength and popularity has grown over time, though he's always been a great performer. Kenney co-wrote eight of the ten tracks on this new album too, so you know there's something of the man in them rather than being someone else's inspirations. Life On A Rock is definitely his best album and his involvement in writing the songs is the reason why. While Chesney has always had a knack for telling a story through music that fits into the country music fan's life, nothing hits home like one sung from the performer's emotional center. Then he can feel it too, and obviously we eat it up. Track 1, Pirate Flag, is already on the Top Ten Hits chart, but I think the title track is my favorite. Not sure, kinda torn between it and Marley or Must Be Something I Missed.
But there is only room for one on the top of any list.
Lady Antebellum released their fourth album, Golden, this week and the country pop group's fans swiftly put them at No. 1. Life On A Rock dropped to number eight as fast as it went to number one. Bummer for Kenny, but Lady Antebellum is a force to be reckoned with, one that resonates with the younger set in country music fandom very nicely. Personally, my favorite song by them is American Honey from their second album.
This coupe of Lady Antebellum was totally unexpected. When Golden was released, sales were thought to hit 5-digits - not 6. Fans scarfed CDs up though and in it's debut week, their new album topped 167,000 copies. They outsold Kenny Chesney by 14,000 copies. This could be just a matter of timing though, as Mother's Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
Pistol Annies' second album, Annie Up, debuted in the same week and hit number two. Not that it has no chance of becoming a No. 1 album, this is all about debut week sales totals.
So, here you go - some of today's top country hits. The entire Golden album for your listening pleasure.