Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban Again Top Charts

Christmas Albums Gaining Momentum


That’s right folks. For the fourth straight week, Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” reigns at No. 1 on Billboard’s single chart, while Keith Urban’s Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing settles in for its second week at the top of the album list.

Truth is, there’s hardly any stirring among the Top 5 titles on either chart. The albums ranking is exactly the same as it was last week, with Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ride still at No. 2, Underwood’s Some Hearts at No. 3, Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang at No. 4 and George Strait’s It Just Comes Natural rounding out the group at No. 5.

Single-wise, the only deviation is that Sugarland’s “Want To” and Kenny Chesney’s “You Save Me” have switched places, with the former moving from No. 4 to No. 3. The remaining Top 5 are Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” at No. 2 and Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl” at No. 5.

Singles making their debut this week include Urban’s “Stupid Boy” (No. 38), Dierks Bentley’s “Long Trip Alone” (No. 42), Jack Ingram’s “Lips of an Angel” (No. 48) and Steve Holy’s “Come On Rain” (No. 58).

As expected, Christmas albums are coming on strong. Wynonna’s Classic Christmas takes a giant step from No. 53 to No. 31. Elvis Presley’s Elvis Christmas strides from No. 42 to No. 34. The various artist collection, Redneck Christmas, enters the charts this week at No. 65, while Alabama’s Alabama Christmas Collection makes its bow at No. 72.

Other new albums are Nickel Creek’s Reasons Why: The Very Best, parting the curtains at No. 41, and Joan Osborne’s Pretty Little Stranger, vamping in at No. 58.

That’s about it. Maybe there’ll be more action next week when the gift-buying season really kicks in.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to