OK, Taylor. We get the message. You want it all — and you want to keep it. The talented Miss Swift isn’t budging from her solid perches at the top of Billboard’s country albums and songs charts, where she sits with Taylor Swift and “Our Song,” respectively.
To make life even sweeter, Swift also has this week’s highest vaulting new single, “Picture to Burn,” which bows at No. 52. The only other first-time songs are Dierks Bentley’s “Trying to Stop Your Leaving” (No. 57), Carter’s Chord’s “Young Love” (No. 59) and Lila McCann’s “That’s What Angels Do” (No. 60).
Rhonda Vincent’s Good Thing Going is the week’s top-charting new album, coming on at an impressive — especially for bluegrass — No. 35. Also making its initial entry on the albums list is The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show: 1969-1971. It checks in at No. 47.
Two songs return to the charts after brief absences: the Eli Young Band’s “When It Rains” (No. 54) and Brooks & Dunn’s “Cowboy Town” (No. 58).
The soundtrack to Toby Keith’s film, Broken Bridges, stages a comeback at No. 49. Other albums returning to the charts are Alan Jackson’s Like Red on a Rose (No. 70), Joe Nichols’ Real Things (No. 72), the Alan Jackson-George Strait-Jimmy Buffett collection, Live at Texas Stadium (No. 73) and Ronnie Milsap’s 16 Biggest Hits (No. 74).
Trooping directly behind Swift’s self-titled album within the Top 5 are the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden, Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits, Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ride and Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride.
Following Swift’s “Our Song,” the No. 2 through No. 5 entries, in that order, are Sugarland’s “Stay,” Rascal Flatts’ “Winner at a Losing Game,” Montgomery Gentry’s “What Do Ya Think About That” and Brad Paisley’s “Letter to Me.”
Kenny Chesney’s “Shiftwork” is coming on strong, bounding this week from No. 14 to No. 9.
Now tell us, Taylor, have you ever heard of sharing?