Dierks Bentley’s Single Rebounds to No. 1

Carrie Underwood Tops Country Albums Chart in a Slow Week on the Charts

Dierks Bentley demonstrated the power of a great country song by taking his latest single, “Come a Little Closer,” back to the top of Billboard‘s country singles chart. It’s certainly not unprecedented, but country singles don’t usually rebound after getting bumped from No. 1.

And it’s not as though Bentley’s latest nod to hardcore country had disappeared. In fact, it only moved to second place last week after Joe Nichols hit No. 1 with “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.”

But with Bentley at the top, Kenny Chesney returns to No. 2 with “Who You’d Be Today” while Nichols lands in the third position. Holding steady in fourth and fifth place, respectively, are Garth Brooks’ “Good Ride Cowboy” and Billy Currington’s “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right.” Toby Keith’s “Big Blue Note” trades places with George Strait’s “She Let Herself Go,” putting Keith at No. 6 and Strait at No. 7. Carrie Underwood spends a second week at No 8 with “Jesus, Take the Wheel” as Faith Hill climbs one space, to No. 9, with “Like We Never Loved at All.” Trace Adkins climbs two spaces to round out the Top 10 with his tender ode to the female anatomy, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”

As the year ends, record companies drastically reduce the number of singles pushed to radio and albums released to retailers. Although Keith will shake things up next week with his new single, “Get Drunk and Be Somebody,” no new country singles debuted on this week’s chart.

There are no new titles debuting on Billboard‘s country album chart, where Underwood spends a second week at No. 1 with her debut album, Some Hearts. Chesney’s The Road and the Radio remains at No. 2 and The Legend of Johnny Cash stays at No. 3 while Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today climbs a notch to No. 4. Hill’s Fireflies and Big & Rich’s Comin’ to Your City ascend two levels to perch at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Reba McEntire’s Reba #1′s falls three rungs to No. 7, Martina McBride’s Timeless dips two spaces to No. 8 and Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life returns to the Top 10, landing at No. 9. Adkins’ Songs About Me, which went platinum this past week, slips slightly to No. 10.

With Brooks’ boxed set still selling huge numbers at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores, the two albums showing the largest sales increases, in terms of percentage, are Chesney’s The Road and the Radio and Strait’s Somewhere Down in Texas, which jumps from No. 37 to No. 29 this week.

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.