Billy Ray Cyrus Blazes Back to the Charts

Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney Are Still Tops

Taylor Swift’s self-titled CD and Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More” haven’t budged from the No. 1 positions to which they ascended last week on Billboard’s top country albums and songs charts.

But Billy Ray Cyrus has made two grand entrances. His album, Home at Last, sails into the No. 3 spot, and his lead single from the album, “Ready, Set, Don’t Go,” is this week’s highest new entrant on the songs listing, coming on at No. 47. In its first week in record stores, Home at Last sold more than 28,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That was enough to take it to No. 20 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Ex-Highwaymen Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings demonstrate they have the kind of post-mortem staying power they sang about in the Jimmy Webb tune that gave the group its name. Cash’s The Great Last Performance enters the album chart at No. 60, while Jennings and his Waymore Blues Band’s Never Say Die: The Final Concert Film follows at No. 69.

The only other new song this week is Jennifer Hanson’s “Joyride.” Formerly with Capitol Records, Hanson now sings for her supper at Universal Records South.

Except for Cyrus’ intervention, nothing much has changed within the Top 5 albums. Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear continues at No. 2 and Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts at No. 4. But Toby Keith’s Big Dog Daddy slips from No. 3 to No. 5.

Trailing behind Chesney in the songs hierarchy are Keith Urban’s “I Told You So” (No. 2), Swift’s “Teardrops on My Guitar” (No. 3), Rodney Atkins’ “These Are My People” (No. 4) and Big & Rich’s “Lost in This Moment” (No. 5).

Three albums that have been in circulation for nearly two years make big rebounds this week. Chesney’s The Road and the Radio bounces from No. 29 to No. 14, Martina McBride’s Timeless from No. 62 to No. 29 and Sara Evans’ Real Fine Place from No. 69 to No. 38.

After just four weeks on the chart, Rascal Flatts’ single, “Take Me There,” skips from No. 12 to No. 10.

Need I say more? Or even this much?

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