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US Country Music Charts April 14, 2012

Singles, Albums, and Radio Airplay

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Rascal Flatts - 'Changed' (2012)

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Top 5 Country Singles

  1. Lee Brice - "A Woman Like You" from A Woman Like You
  2. Blake Shelton - "Drink on It" from Red River Blue
  3. Jake Owen - "Alone with You" from Barefoot Blue Jean Night
  4. Lady Antebellum - "Dancin' Away with My Heart" from Own the Night
  5. Miranda Lambert - "Over You" from Four the Record

Big Chart Movers

  • #44-#38 - Kelly Clarkson - "Mr. Know It All" from iTunes Session
  • #51-#45 - Dierks Bentley - "5-1-5-0" from Home
  • #56-#52 - Darryl Worley - "You Still Got It"
  • #26-#23 - Toby Keith - "Beers Ago" from Clancy's Tavern
  • #29-#26 - The Band Perry - "Postcard from Paris" from The Band Perry

Hot New Country Songs

  • #13 - Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw - "Feel Like a Rock Star"
  • #59 - Edens Edge - "Too Good to Be True"
  • #59 - Eric Pasley - "If the Fish Don't Bite"

Comments

Lee Brice's reaches the summit this week, planting his flag at #1 with "A Woman Like You." Just below Brice's catchy tune is Blake Shelton's own upbeat love song, "Drink on It." It steps up from #3 to #2, its highest charting position yet. Freshly bestowed ACM's Album of the Year honors, Miranda Lambert's ballad "Over You" creeps up from #7 to #5 while Taylor Swift's "Ours," formerly at #5, drops down to #9. Perhaps for good? Making gains this week are Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl" (#10-#8) and Jason Aldean's "Fly Over States" (#9-#7). Dipping his toe in at #10 is Tim McGraw, whose "Better Than I Used to Be" from his new album Emotional Traffic, makes its entrance into the top 10. It couldn't happen to a better song.

Top 5 Country Albums

  1. Rascal Flatts - Changed
  2. Lionel Richie - Tuskegee
  3. Luke Bryan - Tailgates & Tanlines
  4. Lady Antebellum - Own the Night
  5. Eric Church - Chief

Hot New Country Albums

  • #1 Rascal Flatts - Changed
  • #16 The Lacs - 190 Proof
  • #41 Johnny Cash - The Soul of Truth: Bootleg Vol. IV

Comments

Country pop rules the top 5 this week, starting off with Rascal Flatts's long-awaited new record Changed, which checks in at #1. Hardly surprising given the strong showing by the group's single "Banjo." Changed makes a fitting companion piece to Lionel Richie's smooth melding of country and R&B, Tuskegee, which is lock-step behind the Flatts boys at #2. Lady Antebellum's radio-ready Own the Night shows no signs of slowing down, climbing two rungs up from #6 to #4. "Homeboy" Eric Church stands his ground at #5 with Chief while Luke Bryan dips down from #3 to #2. Notable country albums debuting this week include The Lacs' gritty 190 Proof and the Johnny Cash rarities collection The Soul of Truth: Bootleg Vol. IV.

For more chart details, visit Billboard.

Country's Highest Ranking Radio Songs

Big Radio Chart Movers

  • #70-#53 - Taylor Swift - "Eyes Open" from Hunger Games Soundtrack

Hot New Radio Country Songs

  • #62 Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw - "Feel Like a Rock Star"
  • #72 Chris Cagle - "Got My Country On"
  • #73 Eli Young Band - "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" from Crazy Girl EP
  • #74 Josh Turner - "Time Is Love"

Comments

What are people listening to on country radio this week? Pretty much what they're listening to on the singles charts. Let's run it down again: Lee Brice's tongue-in-cheek "A Woman Like You," clocking in at #24. And don't forget Blake Shelton, whose prescription for heartache is lots of booze: "Drink On It" commandeers a corner booth at #25. Lady Antebellum, check (#29). Jake Owens, present and accounted for at #30. Ah, but Miranda Lambert's "Over You" is a bit more appealing to drive-time listeners than Rascal Flatts's "Banjo" (#33). Lambert outperforms the group by one level, at #32.

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