Billboard Chart Flash: Week of April 12 – 18

After having an amazing week that ended with five ACM award wins, Lady Antebellum continues to dominate both the Country Albums and Hot Country Songs charts for the second straight week. So, in what’s become a weekly ritual, we’ll be focusing on who came in behind Lady A on both charts.

On the albums chart, Lady A’s unstoppable sophomore album, Need You Now, sold another 65,300 copies to hold on to the number one spot. This week’s sales lifts the album’s total to over 1.7 million albums sold, which means the album could be double platinum in about a month or so. Moving up to the number two spot his week is Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation which pushes Alan Jackson’s Freight Train down to the number three spot. Holding strong at number four is Taylor Swift’s sophomore effort, Fearless. Rounding out the top five is the debut album from Laura Bell Bundy, Achin’ and Shakin’, which sold nearly 15,000 copies in its first week out.

Meanwhile on the Hot Country Songs chart, Lady Antebellum spends another week at number one with their hit single, “American Honey.” Holding steady at number two is Zac Brown Band’s “Highway 20 Ride” while Joe Nichols’ hit “Gimme That Girl” jumps up two spots to number three. Spending a second week at number four is Kenny Chesney with his latest hit, “Ain’t Back Yet.” Finally, Chris Young scores his second consecutive top five hit with “The Man I Want to Be,” which climbs up to the number five spot.

This week a whopping seven songs made their debuts and leading the way is Carrie Underwood with her latest, “Undo It,” which comes in at number 43. Underwood is follwed by Kevin Fowler’s “Pound Sign” (no. 52), Zac Brown Band’s “Free” (no. 54), Chris Janson’s “‘Til A Woman Comes Along” (no. 56), Alan Jackson’s “Hard Hat and a Hammer” (no. 57), Easton Corbin’s “Roll With It” (no. 58), and Dierks Bentley’s “Up on the Ridge” (no. 59).

With some albums expected to get a boost from last week’s ACM awards, it’ll be interesting to see if any album can come close to knocking off Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now. Over on the singles chart, we’ll see if Joe Nichols can make a leap to number one or if the Zac Brown Band will end Lady A’s streak. Find out on next week’s Billboard Chart Flash.

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