Ain’t no need you kids runnin’ to the window now. I told you nothin’s happenin’ out there. Well, not much on the country music charts, anyway.
The Dixie Chicks’ Taking the Long Way still tops Billboard’s country albums chart — as it has every week since the Grammys. And Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys” stays firmly planted as the No. 1 country single.
But there is some bubbling deeper down on both charts. Bill Engvall’s 15° Off Cool leads the new-albums invasion, arriving at No. 16. Simultaneously, Brad Paisley’s amusing but creepy “Ticks” squirms onto the singles list at No. 50, thus becoming the highest debuting track of the week.
The Top 10 album rankings are exactly the same as they were the last time — with one exception. Taylor Swift’s self-titled CD swaps places with Keith Urban’s Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing. She moves up to No. 4, while he drops back to No. 5.
Kellie Pickler’s Small Town Girl, a former No. 1, rebounds from No. 16 to No. 11, perhaps on the strength of her triumphant return appearance on American Idol last week.
There’s a bit more volatility within the Top 10 songs. Kenny Chesney’s “Beer in Mexico” advances from No. 5 to No. 2. Rodney Atkins’ “Watching You” steps back from No. 2 to No. 3. Urban’s “Stupid Boy” retreats from No. 3 to No. 4, and Tim McGraw’s “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” glides from No. 7 to No. 5.
Breaking into the Top 10 are Rascal Flatts’ “Stand,” which hops from No. 12 to No. 8, and Sugarland’s “Settlin’,” which scoots from No. 11 to No. 9. Heading in the opposite direction is Jason Michael Carroll, whose “Alyssa Lies” tumbles from No. 6 to No. 10.
The other new songs this week are the Wreckers’ “Tennessee” (coming in at No. 53), Craig Morgan’s “Tough” (No. 54) and Rick Trevino’s “Separate Ways” (No. 59).
Rounding out the new albums are The Essential John Denver (56) and two various artists collections — Greatest Kids’ Country Hits (No. 61) and Best of Country (73). Also returning to the chart is Daryle Singletary, whose Straight From the Heart arrives at No. 74.
Let’s see if last Monday’s (March 5) announcement of Academy of Country Music nominations stirs the pot next week.