Billboard Chart Flash: Week of June 7 – 13

The big story on this week’s Billboard country charts was the dogfight between Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now and Dierks Bentley’s latest release, Up on the Ridge, for the top spot on the Albums chart. It was a fight to the finish and the winner barely snuck past the runner-up by less than 800 copies. Find out who finished atop the albums chart as well as the Hot Country Songs chart.

Facing its biggest challenge since its release 20 weeks ago, Lady Antebellum’s huge sophomore album, Need You Now, barely hung onto the top spot on the Country Albums chart over Dierks Bentley’s Up on the Ridge. Lady A sold another 38,865 copies to remain at number 1 while Bentley sold 38,097 copies to come in second. Lady A brings its total sales for Need You Now to just past 2.25 million copies which means it could see triple platinum status before year’s end. Debuting in third is Jewel’s latest release, Sweet and Wild, while Zac Brown Band slides to number 4 with The Foundation. Rounding out the top five is Clay Walker with his newest release, She Won’t Be Lonely Long.

Over on the Hot Country Songs chart, Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” stays atop the chart for a third straight week. Jason Aldean’s “Crazy Town” and Brad Paisley’s “Water” remain in their same positions, no. 2 and 3 respectively, for the second week. Climbing up one to number 4 is Clay Walker with his smash hit, “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.” Making its first appearance in the top five is Luke Bryan’s “Rain is a Good Thing” which climbs up two from 7 to 5. That gives Bryan his third top five single of his growing career.

Leading this week’s debut singles is Toby Keith’s “Trailerhood” which bows in a no. 55 while Sunny Sweeney’s latest, “From A Table Away,” debuts at no. 58. Eric Church’s “Smoke A Little Smoke” makes an impressive 11 spot leap from no. 57 to no. 46.

With Lady Antebellum holding off four debut albums this week, it might be safe to say they’ll extend their run at number one to 21 weeks next week. Over on the singles chart, we’ll see if Miranda Lambert can occupy the top spot for a fourth straight week or if Jason Aldean will nab his fourth consecutive number one hit. Find out what happens in next week’s Chart Flash.

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