Brad Paisley is ending 2006 with a resounding bang as he tops Billboard’s country singles chart with “She’s Everything” and lands three other tracks on the list that monitors radio airplay.
Granted, the three new entries are from Brad Paisley Christmas, so the real trick will be if Arista Nashville’s promotion team can somehow convince radio programmers to keep playing holiday music several weeks into the new year. In the unlikely case they manage to accomplish this, they’re destined for immortality on Music Row.
Wynonna’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” arrived at No. 54 as the highest-debuting track of the week, but Paisley’s “Penguin, James Penguin” landed at No. 55 — followed by his “Winter Wonderland” (at No. 58) and “Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday” (at No. 59). However, the one single destined to gain momentum in the weeks ahead is Alan Jackson’s “A Woman’s Love,” charting at No. 57.
Elsewhere on the country singles chart, Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” stays in second place and Rodney Atkins’ “Watching You” ascends two levels to land in third place. Sugarland’s “Want To” tumbles from No. 1 to No. 4 as Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl” slips from No. 3 to No. 5. George Strait’s “It Just Comes Natural” rises to No. 6, Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” slides to No. 7 and Jason Aldean’s “Amarillo Sky” climbs two notches to No. 8. Taylor Swift’s “Tim McGraw” holds on at No. 9 while Montgomery Gentry’s “Some People Change” falls to No. 10.
On the country albums chart, everything’s the same in the Top 5 for a third straight week. Underwood’s Some Hearts continues to rule the top and is followed by Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang, Keith Urban’s Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing, Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ride and Strait’s It Just Comes Natural. Despite some minor shuffling, the remainder of the Top 10 contains the same titles from last week. With Atkins’ If You’re Going Through Hell at No. 6, the others, in descending order, are Josh Turner’s Your Man, Paisley’s Time Well Wasted, McGraw’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 and Kellie Pickler’s Small Town Girl.
There were no new country albums charting this week, but the re-entry of Larry the Cable Guy’s The Right to Bare Arms at No. 50 indicates that a lot of people gave redneck gifts during the holidays. Pat Green’s Cannonball also returned to the chart at No. 72.