Jason Aldean Throws ‘Party’ Near Top of the Charts
Although Jason Aldean couldn't hold back the mighty Taylor Swift (who sold 320,000 copies of 'Speak Now' this week), he's celebrating the news that his latest album, 'My Kinda Party,' has debuted at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart. With 193,000 copies of his album sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Jason logged the best first-week sales by a male country act since Kenny Chesney in 2007. He also earns the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 with the album.
"I can't say enough about my fans and this incredible ride we are all taking together," Jason declared after hearing the impressive sales figures. "Don't count out the kids who live out in the sticks, drive pickup trucks, wear John Deere hats and like their country music on the rockin' side. There are a whole lot of us! It's always exciting to put out new music and see what the reaction will be."
Acknowledging that "it's been a killer week," Jason added that he's now "focused on performing on the CMAs with Kelly Clarkson tonight. It'll be special and like nothing I've ever done on TV before." The duo will perform a track from the new album, 'Don't You Wanna Stay' during the CMA Awards ceremony, airing live on ABC, beginning at 8:00 PM (ET).
Elsewhere on the country charts this week, CMA Awards co-host -- and nominee -- Brad Paisley bows at No. 4 with 'Hits Alive,' which also scores a No. 9 debut on the Billboard 200. And Tim McGraw, whose feature film, 'Country Strong' had its star-studded premiere in Nashville this week, managed to displace Taylor from the top of one list. Tim's 'Felt Good on My Lips' debuts at No. 1 on the Top Country Digital Tracks chart.
Other digital tracks debuting this week include 'Don't You Wanna Stay,' (No. 7) and 'Without You' (No. 10) from Keith Urban's upcoming album, 'Get Closer.'