Garth Brooks Leads Top Country Albums Chart, Jake Owen Debuts
Garth Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decade of Influences" leads Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for a second week with 146,000 copies, sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.
With a concurrent 3-1 second-week hop on the Billboard 200, "Roots" becomes the Oklahoman's ninth No. 1. On the Billboard 200, Brooks is now tied with the Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand, each with nine No. 1 albums. Ahead on the all-time list of most No. 1s list are the Beatles (19), Jay Z (13) and Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen (10 each).
"Roots" is Brooks' second box set to reach No. 1 on the big chart, following the six-CD collection "The Limited Series" in 1998. The new release is also the first Billboard 200 No. 1 with more than two discs since 2003, when Led Zeppelin's three-CD live set "How the West Was Won" debuted atop the list.
'GOLD'-EN DAYS: Jake Owen notches his fourth straight top five start on Top Country Albums, as "Days of Gold," his fourth full-length studio album, starts at No. 4 with 39,000 sold. That's the Florida native's second-biggest weekly sum, surpassed only by "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," which opened at the summit with 55,000 on the Sept. 11, 2011, chart. That set is Owen's lone No. 1 on Top Country Albums. He arrived at No. 8 with his debut set "Startin' with Me" (2006) and logged No. 2 starts with "Easy Does It" (2009) and his "Endless Summer" EP last year.
'BEER' HOPS: With 44,000 sold, Luke Bryan inks his sixth leader on Country Digital Songs with "Drink a Beer," which shoots 4-1 in its fifth chart week. The song completes the artist's second set of two straight No. 1s and marks the first time Bryan has succeeded himself atop the chart (albeit with a featured role on Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll," which dips 1-9 in its second chart week). Bryan scored back-to-back leaders two years ago with "Country Girl" and "I Don't Want This Night to End."
Florida Georgia Line, meanwhile, claims a second week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with "Stay."
BETTER HALF: Why should Garth Brooks, above, get all the headlines? His wife and country veteran, Trisha Yearwood, makes her own chart news.
On Hot Country Songs, a new version of "Silent Night" by Kelly Clarkson, featuring Reba McEntire and Yearwood, bows at No. 45. The collaboration marks Yearwood's first appearance in more than eight years on the tally, and the first in more than two years for McEntire. Yearwood had most recently charted with "They Call It Falling for a Reason," which peaked at No. 54 in August 2008. McEntire's most recent appearance was "Somebody's Chelsea," which rose to No. 44 in November 2011.
HERE COMES THE 'SUNSHINE': One of country music's most venerated classics appears for just the second time since Billboard launched its first country charts nearly 70 years ago, as "You Are My Sunshine" pings Country Digital Songs at No. 43 (8,000 downloads sold). The new version by Jamey Johnson, Twiggy Ramirez and Shooter Jennings is radically different from the original, which was a major hit in 1940 (predating Billboard's country charts) by Jimmie Davis. (A 1972 Country Music Hall of Fame honoree, Davis served two terms as governor of Louisiana.)
"You Are My Sunshine" previously appeared on Hot Country Songs when Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy's 1977 reprise spent six weeks on the list, peaking at No. 69 (the chart was then 100-positions deep). Eddy's version featured Waylon Jennings (Shooter Jennings' father), Willie Nelson, singer/songwriter Kin Vassy and Eddy's wife, Deed Eddy. (Eddy was married to Shooter Jennings' mother, Jessi Colter, from 1961 to 1968.)
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield