As expected, Kenny Chesney has ended Taylor Swift’s eight-week reign on Billboard’s country album chart. His Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates tumbles her self-titled CD to No. 3 this week.
As previously reported, Chesney’s album sold 387,000 copies in its first week of release to debut in third place on the all-genre Billboard 200 — just behind new CDs from Kanye West and 50 Cent.
Springing out of the box to land at No. 2 on the country albums chart is Trisha Yearwood’s Greatest Hits package. On the songs side, Rascal Flatts’ “Take Me There” — co-written by Chesney — still holds the top ranking.
With Chesney and Yearwood pushing Swift to No. 3, the remaining Top 5 albums in descending order are Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear and Tim McGraw’s Let It Go.
Only one other new album shows up this week: Flynnville Train by the act of the same name. It steams in at No. 49. Returning to the chart is Kenny Rogers’ 21 Number Ones, which logs in at No. 74.
After slipping from No. 1 to No. 8 last week, Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory” gains enough traction to scramble back up to No. 7. Chesney, who’s obviously all over the chartscape, sees his “Don’t Blink” escalating from No. 10 to No. 6.
Following Rascal Flatts’ top-ranking track, the Top 5 singles in descending order are Toby Keith’s “Love Me If You Can,” Paisley’s “Online,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Proud of the House We Built” and Luke Bryan’s “All My Friends Say.”
Bowing for the first time on the songs chart are Sugarland’s “Stay” (No. 41), Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” (No. 48), Chesney and Joe Walsh’s “Wild Ride” (No. 56) and Dolly Parton’s “Better Get to Livin'” (No. 57). “Wild Ride,” written by Dwight Yoakam, is a track from Chesney’s new album.
It won’t be long now until Christmas titles start popping up. I can hardly wait, can you?