Brad Paisley, Montgomery Gentry Still Top Charts

Danielle Peck, Kelly Willis Have Highest-Debuting Song and Album

Time stood still on Billboard’s country charts this week. Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear and Montgomery Gentry’s “Lucky Man” still hold the No. 1 album and song spots, respectively, for a second week.

However, there is a bit of movement farther down the lists — way farther down. Kelly Willis’ Translated From Love debuts at No. 46 on the albums charts. It’s the only new one to claim that distinction this week, although Tracy Lawrence’s Then & Now: The Hits Collection does re-enter the fray at No. 75.

There are three new songs: Danielle Peck’s “Bad for Me,” Josh Turner’s “Firecracker” and Andy Griggs’ “Tattoo Rose” which make their bows at No. 51, No. 58 and No. 60, in that order. Billy Currington’s “Tangled Up” re-enters at No. 49 and Pat Green’s “Way Back Texas” at No. 52.

The remaining Top 5 songs are George Strait’s “Wrapped” (No. 2), Big & Rich’s “Lost in This Moment” (No. 3), Keith Urban’s “I Told You So” (No. 4) and Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More” (No. 5). Entering the Top 10 are Taylor Swift’s “Tears on My Guitar,” escalating from No. 12 to No. 8, and Jason Aldean’s “Johnny Cash,” bouncing from No. 11 to No. 9.

Completing the Top 5 albums are Toby Keith’s Big Dog Daddy (No. 2), Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut (No. 3), Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts (No. 4) and Big & Rich’s Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace (No. 5).

After 100 weeks on the chart, Faith Hill’s Fireflies rebounds from No. 56 to No. 12, and Emerson Drive’s Countrified inches from No. 33 to No. 30, the album’s highest ranking to date.

More excitement next time. There’s gotta be.

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