The good news was only partially obscured by the gigantic hat atop the head of "King of Country" George Strait, who lands yet another #1 debut for his latest, Twang, which crushed the competition to lord over the charts thanks to sales of 155,000. He has some down-home company courtesy of country upstart Justin Moore, whose self-titled debut squeaks into the top 10 at #10 on sales of 34,000.
The only other top-10 debut in an otherwise quiet week is a live album from Neil Diamond, Hot August Night NYC, which lands at #2 (57,000). The rest of the top 10 contains some familiar faces:
Country cutie Jessie James hits #24 with her self-titled debut's sales of just under 19,000. Rap supergroup Slaughterhouse (comprising Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5'9) will drop into #26 with their self-titled bow (18,000). Buzzed-about singer/songwriter Mindy Smith is way further down at #122 with her debut, Stupid Love, and there wasn't much love for Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm, a six-CD set that mustered a #120 debut on sales of under 4,000.
Next week's top 10 will likely get a visit from another country legend, Reba McEntire, dancehall don Sean Paul and perhaps Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi.