Billboard Chart Flash: Week of July 12 – 18

Lady Antebellum’s seemingly unstoppable album, Need You Now, has occupied the top of Billboard’s Country Albums chart for the past six months. The album has beat out releases by Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, and Dierks Bentley. However, this week the album was finally dethroned by a country newcomer’s debut album. Find out who is behind this week’s new number one album in this week’s Chart Flash.

We knew it was inevitable that Lady Antebellum would vacate the number one spot atop the Country Albums chart, but no one knew it would be to make room for Jerrod Niemann’s debut album. Niemann’s album, Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury, sold an impressive 33,000 copies this week to send Lady A’s Need You Now down to the number two spot. Coming in at number three is the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation while the number four spot is occupied by Miranda Lambert’s Revolution, which has now become her first platinum album. Rounding out the top five is Carrie Underwood’s third album, Play On.

Over on the Hot Country Songs chart, Luke Bryan nabs his first multi-week number one song of his career as “Rain is A Good Thing” stays put atop the chart. Moving closer to her 12th number one single is newlywed Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” which moves up one spot to number two. Leapfrogging four spots to the number three is Jerrod Niemann’s “Lover, Lover” which no doubt helped his album debut at number one. Sliding down two spots to number four is Brad Paisley’s summer hit, “Water.” Rounding out the top five country songs is the Zac Brown Band’s “Free” which rises three spots this week.

Bursting on to the charts, as well as leading this week’s debut songs, is Kenny Chesney’s newest single, “The Boys of Fall” which debuts at number 17. Following Chesney is the debut of Uncle Kracker’s duet with Kid Rock titled “Good to Be Me” which comes in at number 55. Also debuting this week is Jessie James’ latest single, “Boys in the Summer,” which comes in at number 58.

Next should be an interesting week on both charts. On the albums chart, Jerrod Niemann could be replaced by Lady Antebellum based on if he can have a decent second week of sales. Over on the singles chart, Carrie Underwood is gaining more airplay and could take over number one from Luke Bryan, but Niemann’s “Lover, Lover” could also gain airplay on the strength of his album sales. Find out who lands where in next week’s Chart Flash.

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