As universally anticipated, Miranda Lambert's Revolution debuts at No. 1 this week on Billboard's country album chart. (And at No. 8 on the magazine's all-genres list.) Meanwhile, Toby Keith's "American Ride" enjoys its second week as America's top country song.
There are plenty new albums and songs to savor. Finally. The other first-time CDs are Robert Earl Keen's The Rose Hotel (No. 17), Patty Loveless' Mountain Soul II (No. 19), Big & Rich's Greatest Hits (No. 27) and Kris Kristofferson's Closer to the Bone (No. 29). James Otto's Sunset Man re-enters the rankings at No. 72.
Songs making their initial breakthrough include Matt Kennon's "The Call" (No. 55), Mica Roberts' "Days You Live For" (No. 60) and three -- count 'em, three -- tunes from Toby Keith: "Every Dog Has Its Day" (No. 56), "Cryin' for Me (Wayman's Song)" (No. 58) and "If I Had One" (No. 59). All three are from his just-released American Ride album. Returning to the songs chart at No. 45 is George Strait's "Twang."
Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Taylor Swift's Fearless, the Zac Brown Band's The Foundation, the soundtrack to Hannah Montana: The Movie and Jason Aldean's Wide Open.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Chris Young's "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)," Keith Urban's "Only You Can Love Me This Way," the Zac Brown Band's "Toes" and Justin Moore's "Small Town USA."