All American Morning News with Eric Scott
5/4/2012 (TheBoot.com) — Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart has three new entries in the Top 10 this week and two of them came in just shy of the pinnacle. Hard 2 Love by Lee Brice storms onto the chart at No. 2, with 46,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. It was held from the top spot by Lionel Richie‘s country duets disc, Tuskegee, which holds on to No. 1 on the country chart and drops to No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Lionel’s album sold another 78,000 copies this week and has already passed the half-million mark. The No. 2 berth for Lee Brice surpasses the peak position of No. 9 for his debut album, Love Like Crazy, featuring the gold-certified (and record-setting) title track.
The week’s No. 3 country album is the debut from Kip Moore, Up All Night, which features the hit ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,’ which has already logged more than 625,000 downloads. Kip’s album also heats up the Billboard 200, coming in at No. 6. It isn’t the highest-charting album by that name, however — the week’s No. 4 entry is Up All Night by British-Irish boy band One Direction.