Billboard Chart Flash: Week of May 10 – May 16

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For the second week in a row, Lady Antebellum and Chris Young hold their spots atop the Billboard Country Albums and Hot Country Songs charts. So once again we’ll be focusing on who follows them.

On the albums chart, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now holds the top position for the 16th consecutive week. This week, the album moved another 54,000 copies to bring the album’s total to nearly 2.1 million copies in four months. Following Lady A is the Zac Brown Band’s album, The Foundation, while Miranda Lambert moves up one to number three with Revolution. Jumping back into the top five is Taylor Swift’s Fearless which lands at number four while Carrie Underwood’s Play On holds at number five. On a side note, the Court Yard Hounds’ debut album was removed from the country charts, which is why you don’t see the album in the top five.

Over on the singles chart, Chris Young enjoys his first multi-week number one single as “The Man I Want to Be” stays atop the Hot Country Songs chart for a second week. Holding strong in the number two and three positions, respectively, are Joe Nichols’ “Gimme That Girl,” and Kenny Chesney’s “Ain’t Back Yet.” Moving closer to the top spot is Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” which climbs to number four while George Strait’s “I Gotta Get to You” moves back into the top five at number five.

Leading the week’s new songs is Trace Adkins’ “This Aint No Love Song” at no. 54 followed by Jack Ingram’s “Barbie Doll” (no. 56), The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” (no. 57), and Colt Ford’s “Chicken & Biscuits” (no. 60). The week’s biggest jump comes from Keith Urban as his latest single, “I’m In,” rockets up 23 spots to go from 52 to no. 29.

Based on how much I’ve heard Chris Young’s song on the radio, I’m going to predict next week’s number one spots will once again be occupied by Young and Lady Antebellum. Find out if I’m right or wrong in next week’s Chart Flash.

To purchase Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now or Chris Young’s “The Man I Want to Be,” click on the images below.

Need You Now [+digital booklet]
The Man I Want To Be
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