Look out above! Carrie Underwood blasts onto Billboard‘s country singles chart this week with enough momentum to imperil every record stacked up ahead of her. The album chart, however, has nothing new to show.
Nothing has changed at the top of the listings, though. Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More” is still the No. 1 song, and Taylor Swift’s self-titled CD holds firm to its perch on the peak.
Underwood’s hot new entry, “So Small,” swings aboard at No. 20. She co-wrote this low-cal philosophical treatise with Luke Robert Laird and Hillary Lindsey, the latter of whom also had a hand in penning Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Wasted.”
Rascal Flatts hits the chart with their cover version of “Revolution,” the Beatles song they recorded for Evan Almighty film soundtrack. The track makes its chart debut at No. 60 based on largely unsolicited airplay while the trio’s record label actively promotes their current single, “Take Me There,” which climbs to No. 9 this week.
Within the Top 5 songs, Swift’s “Teardrops on My Guitar” advances from No. 3 to No 2 while Rodney Atkins’ “These Are My People” steps from No. 4 to No. 3. Keith Urban’s “I Told You So” drops from its high point of No. 2 to No. 4, and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You” moves up from No. 6 to No. 5.
After just 10 weeks on the chart, Brooks & Dunn’s “Proud of the House We Built” slides from No. 12 to No. 10.
Three collections return to the album rankings this week: Heartland’s I Loved Her First (at No. 73), Montgomery Gentry’s Something to Be Proud Of: The Best of 1999-2005 (No. 74) and Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price’s Last of the Breed (No. 75).
At the uppermost region and standing in this order behind Swift are Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear, Tim McGraw’s Let It Go, Underwood’s Some Hearts and Toby Keith’s Big Dog Daddy. Billy Ray Cyrus’ Home at Last, which came on last week at No. 3, falls back to No. 6.
Prudence forbids me to say more.