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US Country Music Charts August 23, 2012

Singles, Albums, and Radio Airplay


red river blue album cover

Blake Shelton - 'Red River Blue' (2011)

Images courtesy of Warner Bros.

Top 5 Country Singles

  1. Blake Shelton - "Over" from Red River Blue
  2. Love and Theft - "Angel Eyes" from Love and Theft
  3. Little Big Town - "Pontoon" from Tornado
  4. Josh Turner - "Time is Love" from Punching Bag
  5. Gloriana - "(Kissed You) Good Night" from A Thousand Miles Left Behind

Big Chart Movers

  • #40-#46 Maggie Rose - "I Ain't Your Mama"
  • #4-#1 Blake Shelton - "Over" from Red River Blue
  • #32-#29 Luke Bryan - "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" from Tailgates & Tanlines
  • #49-#46 Miss Willie Brown - "You're All That Matters to Me"

Hot New Country Songs


Blake Shelton claims the week's top country single with "Over" from Red River Blue. The record was released just over a year ago, but it's still pumping out hits. "Over" is the fourth straight #1 country song from the album ("Honey Bee," "God Gave Me You," and "Drink on It" are the others). After stalling at #5 last week, Little Big Town's "Pontoon" moved up two spots to rest at #3. Josh Turner fought his way into the top 5 with his new single "Time Is Love," currently at #4. In contrast, Love and Theft lost ground, stepping back to #2 with "Angel Eyes." Ah, yes, but this is all preamble for the big news (at least as far as record industry people go): Taylor Swift is back. Her new single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," made its debut at #13 on the country charts. It's not staying there for long.

Top 5 Country Albums

  1. Zac Brown Band - Uncaged
  2. Carrie Underwood - Blown Away
  3. Luke Bryan - Tailgates & Tanlines
  4. Colt Ford - Declaration of Independence
  5. Lionel Richie - Tuskegee

Hot New Country Albums

  • #51 Corb Lund - Cabin Fever


The Zac Brown Band return to #1 with Uncaged after being briefly displaced by Colt Ford. Carrie Underwood and Lionel Richie also made resurgences. Underwood's Blown Away rose from #4 to #2 and Richie's "Tuskegee" surged from #13 to #5, making it the week's big gainer on the country album rankings.

For more chart details, visit Billboard.

Country's Highest Ranking Radio Songs

Big Radio Chart Movers

  • #25-#14 Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  • #51-#41 Hunter Hayes - "Wanted"
  • #27-#21 Little Big Town - "Pontoon"

Hot New Radio Country Songs

  • None this week!


Taylor Swift is the week's big gainer on the radio, hop-, skip-, and jump-ing from #25 to #14 with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." That matches the song's position on the country singles chart, no small feat indeed. Blake Shelton's "Over" is below her -- albeit at a strong #20. Like Swift, Little Big Town made consider headway with radio listeners; the group's boat ditty "Pontoon" sailed up six slots to set anchor at #21.

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