Kenny Chesneyâs âLife On a Rockâ became the country starâs seventh album to take the summit of the U.S. album chart last week.
Chesneyâs Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville release tallied 153,000 copies in its debut stanza, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending May 5. Chesneyâs last No. 1 release, âHemingwayâs Whiskey,â shifted 183,000 out of the box in 2010. Just two of the nine studio albums issued by the singer since 2002 have failed to reach the top.
Amid a slow frame for new releases, only one other new title climbed into the top 10: âTroubleâ (MCA Nashville) by country act the Randy Rogers Band, which signed on at No. 9, tracking 26,000 copies. Thatâs one slot off the No. 8 peak of the groupâs 2010 release âBurning the Day.â
Last weekâs No. 1 debut, Canadian balladeer Michael Bubleâs âTo Be Lovedâ (Warner Bros.), slipped to No. 2 with a 51% drop, selling 96,000. Justin Timberlakeâs hardy âThe 20/20 Experienceâ (RCA) held onto No. 3 for a fourth week, selling 68,000 (off 8%); a swift sequel to the hit title, which has sold more than 1.7 million in seven weeks, has been announced for the fall.
In its second week, Fantasiaâs âSide Effects of Youâ (RCA) fell two positions to No. 4 (36,000 sold, off 60%). Lofted by another hit single, the hyperactive âCanât Hold Us,â Macklemore & Ryan Lewisâ âThe Heistâ (Macklemore) rebounded back into the top 10 in its 30th chart week, reaching No. 5 with 35,000 sold (up 24%).
The top 10 was completed by Blake Sheltonâs âBased On a True Storyâ¦â (No. 6, 35,000, down 3%), Pinkâs âThe Truth About Loveâ (No. 7, 26,000, off 8%), Bruno Marsâ âUnorthodox Jukeboxâ (No. 8, 26,000, up 4%) and Imagine Dragonsâ âNight Visionsâ (No. 10, 25,000, up 14%). Less than 500 copies separated the Pink and Mars titles.
Competition at the apex of the chart should heat up next week, as new releases by Lady Antebellum, Rod Stewart, Pistol Annies and Dixie Chicksâ Natalie Maines vie for position.