COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TOP OF THE CHARTS: Lady A Stays
In a very slow week in record stores, Lady Antebellum's Need You Now is once again the nation's number-one country album on sales of 18,000 copies, according to the latest SoundScan figures. Zac Brown Band's The Foundation bounces back to number two after being unseated last week by the debut of Ryan Bingham's Junky Star. Miranda Lambert's Revolution sells another 12,000 copies to land at number three, and Little Big Town's The Reason Why is close behind at number-four. Trace Adkins' Cowboy's Back in Town rounds out the Top 5.
Tim McGraw is taking the family along on his Australian tour for a little vacation. But they're not interested in your typical R and R -- they're cooking up some crazy adventures, including swimming in shark-infested waters. He tells us, "We've got a lot of big plans."
Billy Currington may have been able to list his favorite drinking songs for People magazine, but he actually doesn't consume a lot of alcohol. In fact, coconut water, kombucha and his own tea blends are what he prefers. Still he lists Alan Jackson's "Pop-A-Top," Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places," Willie Nelson's "Whiskey River" and Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" as his favorite odes to adult beverages.
You might think that after a new artist signs a recording contract that he's on easy street, but Jason Aldean can confirm that it takes more than one hit song to put a roof over your head. It wasn't until his second album, Relentless, came out and "Johnny Cash" hit that he and wife, Jessica, were able to buy a piece of property. But the success of "She's Country" built their house.