Tuesday, April 24, 2018
– Jason Aldean had the best selling CD in the U.S. with "Rearview Town," which also meant it was first on the Top Country Albums chart. "Meant to Be," the megahit from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line stayed first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending April 28.
On the songs chart, Kane Brown stayed second with "Heaven" and Aldean third with "You Make It Easy." Luke Bryan was fourth with "Most People are Good." Carried Underwood jumped to fifth with "Cry Pretty," which had been 20th.
Blake Shelton's "I Lived It" moved from 14 to 10. Keith Urban was at 20 with "Coming Home," his song featuring Julia Michaels, which was 26th last week. Lady Antebellum jumped from 29 to 22 with "Heart Break." Kelsea Ballerini's "I Hate Love Songs" moved up from 40 to 28. Aldean debuted at 29 with "Drowns the Whiskey," featuring Miranda Lambert.
Maren Morris' new single, "Rich," was at 33, up 9. So was Aldean's title track "Rearview Town," which was 35th. Thomas Rhett debuted at 42 with "Life Changes" and Cam 43rd with "Diane." Aldean debuted at 46 with "Girl Like You" and Rhett 47 with "Leave Right Now."
Sugarland's new single, "Babe," featuring Taylor Swift, debuted at 48. Cole Swindell was one back, entering at 49 with "Somebody's Been Drinkin'." Aldean closed out the top 50 with "Dirt to Dust," in its debut week.
On the album chart, John Prine debuted in second with "The Tree of Forgiveness," his first disc of new material in 15 years. Brown, first last week, was third this week with his self-titled debut. Rhett's "Life Changes" was fourth with Chris Stapleton's "Traveller' fifth.
Stapleton's "From a Room: Volume 1" went from 11 to 6, while "From a Room: Volume 2" was at 12, up 4. Shelton was at 13 with "Texoma Shore," jumping 16. Old Dominion was at 17 with "Happy Endings," up 5. Morris' "Hero" stood at 18, up 10. Urban was at 19 with "Ripcord," up 5.
Ballerini was at 27 with "Unapologetically," up 5.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, The Wailin' Jennys were first with "Fifteen." Alison Krauss was second with "Windy City," Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers third with "The Long-Awaited Album,' Tommy Emmanuel CGP fourth with "Accomplice One" and Mipso fifth with "Edges Run" after being first last week.
Prine topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart. "Traveller" was second, "From a Room: Volume 1" third, Kacey Musgraves fourth with "Golden Hour" and Stapleton's "From a Room: Volume 2" fifth.
On the overall Top 200 chart, Pine was 5th, Brown 19th, "Traveller" 32nd and "From a Room: Volume 1" 46th.
Hollywood may be pushing a broadminded agenda where there are more genders than one can even count, but in Jason Aldean's world, there are only two: tough guys, and the women that love them. There's no confusion it's a guy in the "Camouflage Hat," for example. Also, nothing is said or done without also washing it down with alcohol. The opener,"Tattoos and Tequila," breaks it down into tattoos to remember, and tequila to forget.
Within its booze for every »»»
If you liked Jason Aldean's three previous number one albums, you'll like "Rearview Town." He sticks to the winning formula that has brought him past success. The 15 tracks are mainly juiced up, muscular numbers with scorching guitar. Ironically, amid the torrid tempos and high volume that dominate the collection, the ballads are the standouts, especially with the duet with the Miranda Lambert on "Drowns The Whiskey." Instead of whiskey drowning a memory, the inverse »»»
Old Boots, New Dirt
Arguing whether or not Jason Aldean's kinda (country) party is, in fact, anything remotely related to true country music is pointless. Aldean is so entrenched in the mainstream country marketplace now, we just need to accept him as he is, the same way we reluctantly accept Taylor Swift as "country." It's mighty tempting to subtitle a review of Aldean's new "Old Boots, New Dirt" release as 'Pickup Trucks & Pickup Lines,' as Aldean spends a little time »»»