Zac Brown Band Battle With Maroon 5 for Chart Domination
The Zac Brown Band had no trouble giving and receiving this week, while racking up outstanding sales figures for their latest album, 'You Get What You Give.' According to Nielsen SoundScan the group got 153,000 people to buy the CD, which gives them the No. 1 spot on the Top Country Albums chart.
They also top the Billboard 200, forcing Maroon 5 to settle for the No. 2 spot on that chart with their new album, 'Hands All Over.' The numbers are reversed on the Top Digital Albums chart, however, with Maroon 5 outdistancing ZBB by 9,000 units. Even so, Maroon 5's disc does have an interesting country connection. The closing track on the album is 'Out of Goodbyes,' a duet the group performs with Lady Antebellum.
'You Get What You Give' is Zac Brown Band's first No. 1 album. Both 'The Foundation,' which has sold more than two million copies since its 2008 release, and the live disc, 'Pass the Jar,' released earlier year, stalled at No. 2.
This week's No. 2 country album is Billy Currington's 'Enjoy Yourself,' which sold 45,000 copies in its first week. It's the singer's third consecutive album to peak at No. 2, although since he's just getting started with this one, a No. 1 berth isn't out of the question. His most recent albums, 2005's 'Little Bit of Everything' and 'Doin' Something Right,' released in 2008, earned gold and platinum certification, respectively.
New discs by bluegrass megastar Rhonda Vincent ('Taken') and country newcomer Walker Hayes ('EP'), also make their debuts on the country chart this week. Next week, look for the debut of Kenny Chesney's latest, 'Hemingway's Whiskey.' It's the superstar's first all-new album since he topped the charts in 2008 with 'Lucky Old Sun.'