After inspiring at least two generations of country artists, the Eagles get their due this week as their Long Road Out of Eden debuts at No. 1 on both Billboard‘s country albums chart and Billboard 200 all-genre ranking. Simultaneously, Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” enjoys its fifth week as Billboard‘s premier country song.
Hopping onto the albums chart at No. 3 is Josh Turner’s cheerfully titled Everything Is Fine. There are also three new Christmas albums: Christmas in Larryland from Larry the Cable Guy (No. 20), A Redneck Christmas by Slidawg and the Redneck Ramblers (No. 65) and Mary Did You Know, a various artists package (No. 68). This is Slidawg’s second holiday album to chart. Last week’s entry was A Blue Collar Christmas.
The overwhelming publicity surrounding Porter Wagoner’s death no doubt accounts for his final album, the Marty Stuart-produced Wagonmaster, returning to the chart. It snaps back at No. 63.
Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride, which held last week’s summit, drops to No. 2. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand drifts from No. 2 to No. 4, and Rascal Flatts’ Still Feels Good slips from No. 4 to No. 5.
The only new songs are Martina McBride’s “For These Times” — the Leslie Satcher tune the diminutive Kansan sang on Wednesday’s (Nov. 7) CMA Awards show — which bows at No. 48, and Phil Vassar’s “Love Is a Beautiful Thing,” skipping in at No. 51. Dolly Parton’s “Better Get to Livin’” re-enters at No. 53.
With Dierks Bentley’s “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” now in its third week at No. 2, the other Top 5 singles, in descending order, are Underwood’s “So Small,” Garth Brook’s “More Than a Memory” and Clay Walker’s “Fall.”
Rascal Flatts’ “Winner at a Losing Game” advances from No. 20 to a more habitable No. 16.
Next week, we’ll see what wonders Garth Brooks and the CMA Awards have worked.