Rascal Flatts’ ‘Nothing Like This’ Tops the Country Charts
Rascal Flatts are living by the title of their new album, 'Nothing Like This.' The CD debuted at No.1 on the country albums charts this week, selling almost 165,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan data, to top both Keith Urban, who came in a close second (almost 162,000 sold) with his brand-new CD, 'Get Closer,' and Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now,' which stayed in the No. 3 spot for another week.
The Flatts guys are undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief after debuting in the top spot, especially since they admit they took a bit of a gamble on the new batch of tunes. "We cut some things that we wouldn't have cut in the past, and we're really excited about doing something a little bit different this time," bassist Jay DeMarcus tells The Boot. "We just focused on the task at hand, and we got to collaborate with each other and talk about the direction of this record and really focus on it a lot more than we had in the past years."
Lady Antebellum also had a busy week on the charts, taking not one but two spots in the Top 10. Their new holiday album, 'Merry Little Christmas,' came in at No. 6, while their multi-platinum selling 'Need You Now' is one slot behind at No. 7.
On the singles chart, Sugarland's 'Stuck Like Glue' maintains its No.1 slot for another week, while The Band Perry's single, 'If I Die Young,' is one spot behind Sugarland at No. 2 on the Top Country Digital Chart. The Zac Brown Band's new single, 'As She's Walking Away,' with Alan Jackson as a guest vocalist, moved up one spot to No. 3, while Jason Aldean takes over two spots at No. 6 with his duet with Kelly Clarkson, 'Don't You Wanna Stay,' and at No. 7 with the title track of his new album, 'My Kinda Party.'
On the all-genre Top 100 Albums chart, country superstars claim five of the Top 20 spots. 'Nothing Like This' debuted at No. 5, with 'Get Closer' again one spot behind them at No. 6. 'Speak Now' is still holding on to the top ten by coming in this week at No. 9, while 'My Kinda Party' sits at No. 12 and Sugarland's 'Incredible Machine' drops to No. 15.