Life as it unfolds... by country music song writer Ben Krahne

Lady Antebellum Unseats Kenny Chesney at No. 1

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.


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5 Responses to "Lady Antebellum Unseats Kenny Chesney at No. 1"

  • Sandy I. Nixon
    October 19, 2013 - 6:13 pm Reply

    Aussie Keith Urban and America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift both represented country music in the nominations for the 2013 ARIA Awards, which are like Australia’s version of the Grammys. Urban’s name showed up with two nominations attached to it, while Swift received her nod in the International Artist category.

    • Ben
      October 27, 2013 - 4:54 am Reply

      Who knows the politics of the country music industry
      im sure it’s whos rubbing each others back
      I dont say that in a neagtive way
      just the way smmozing works

  • Andrea Bruce
    August 30, 2013 - 8:00 am Reply

    The variety of great singers and musicians, as well as a back catalog of hundreds of classic albums makes country music one of the most popular and exciting genres ever.

  • Jeffry Y. Hardy
    July 8, 2013 - 11:06 am Reply

    The week’s most popular current country songs … more , ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS, sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and streaming activity data from online music sources tracked by Nielsen BDS. Songs are defined as current if they are newly-released titles, or songs receiving widespread airplay and/or sales activity for the first time.

  • Jane F. Dominguez
    July 5, 2013 - 4:16 am Reply

    Below, you will find a list of the country music CD releases that are coming up in the near, and not so near future.