Bless Their Hearts! Paisley and Swift Are Still in Charge

Willie Nelson Has Top New Album, Keith Anderson Highest-Debuting Song

Welcome again to The Brad and Taylor Show. Those crazy kids just won’t let up. For the third straight week, the hot-wired Mr. Paisley boasts Billboard’s No. 1 country song, “Letter to Me,” while the relentlessly self-examining Ms. Swift sees her self-titled debut CD spend its sixth uninterrupted week atop the albums chart.

Willie Nelson’s Moment of Forever, the project Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon co-produced, is the week’s highest-charting new album. It comes on at No. 8. Also making first-time bows are Billy Ray Cyrus’ Love Songs, a second harvest from his earlier recordings for Mercury Records, which arrives at No. 63, and the multi-artist collection, Best of Country, splashing in at No. 72.

Keith Anderson claims the top new song, “I Still Miss You” (No. 44). The three other newcomers are Mica Roberts and Toby Keith’s “Things a Mama Don’t Know” (No. 57), Jason Michael Carroll’s “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” (No. 59) and Sarah Johns’ “He Hates Me” (No. 60).

Songs re-entering the chart are Clay Walker’s “She Likes It in the Morning” (No. 53) and the Eli Young Band’s “When It Rains” (No. 56).

Four songs have taken sizable leaps to land in the Top 10: Alan Jackson’s “Small Town Southern Man” (from No. 11 to No. 7), Carrie Underwood’s “All-American Girl” (No. 12 to No. 8), Chuck Wicks’ “Stealing Cinderella” (No. 13 to No. 9) and Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” (No. 15 to No. 10).

The other Top 5 songs of the week, bunched up in order directly behind Paisley’s, are Rascal Flatts’ “Winner at a Losing Game,” Gary Allan’s “Watching Airplanes,” Rodney Atkins’ “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)” and the Kenny Chesney-George Strait duet, “Shiftwork.”

Completing the Top 5 albums, also in descending rank, are Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits, Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ride, the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden and Rascal Flatts’ Still Feels Good.

Don’t forget the Grammy awards show Sunday night (Feb. 10) at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. That should shake up the charts.

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