Willie, Merle, Ray and Bon Jovi Make Chart Surges

Underwood and Chesney Retain the Summits

There are no changes at the top of the Billboard charts this week, but you can see some bubbles rising. Last of the Breed, the roundly praised collection from Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price, makes its entrance at No. 7 on the country albums chart. (However, it scores only an anemic No. 64 on the all-genre Billboard 200.)

Bon Jovi’s “(You Want To) Make a Memory” checks in at No. 39 on the singles chart. And Tim McGraw powers his version of Eddie Rabbitt’s 1979 hit, “Suspicions,” back into contention at No. 56.

The remaining new albums are Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby (No. 37) and comedian Tim Wilson’s But I Could Be Wrong (No. 61). Re-entering at No. 69 is Larry the Cable Guy’s The Right to Bare Arms.

Completing the new songs list are Trent Tomlinson’s “Just Might Have Her Radio On” (No. 52), Miranda Lambert’s “Famous in a Small Town” (No. 54), Clay Walker’s “Fall” (No. 59) and Halfway to Hazard’s “Daisy” (No. 60). Returning to the mix at No. 57 is Little Texas’ “The Missing Years.”

Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts continues to be the No. 1 country album, followed, in turn, by Gary Allan’s Greatest Hits, Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang, Taylor Swift’s self-titled CD and the Dixie Chicks’ Taking the Long Way.

Reigning on the songs chart is Kenny Chesney’s “Beer in Mexico,” trailed by McGraw’s “Last Dollar (Fly Away),” Underwood’s “Wasted,” Rascal Flatts’ “Stand” and Martina McBride’s “Anyway” — in that order.

Brad Paisley’s “Ticks” crawls another three spaces up to No. 17, while The Legend of Johnny Cash steams from No. 27 to No. 21.

You may now pump your fists into the air.

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