Well, here goes another box of dittoes. Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut album and Brad Paisley’s “Letter to Me” continue to occupy the thrones on Billboard’s country charts, and the Top 5 rankings on each chart are basically the same as they were last week.
Because the measurement period for this week’s albums chart ended Feb. 10, the same day as the Grammy awards, that event will not show its sales impact, if any, until next week.
The highest-charting new album is How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites From the Grand Ole Opry, a various-artists collection that makes its bow at No. 25. George Strait has the top new song, “I Saw God Today.” It enters at No. 19.
The other new albums are The Best of SHeDAISY (No. 54) and the multi-artist Country’s Got Hits (No. 57). Re-entering the competition are Whiskey Falls’ self-titled CD (No. 60), Diamond Rio’s 16 Biggest Hits (No. 70) and Vince Gill’s These Days (No. 73).
The Lost Trailers’ “Holler Back” is the week’s only other new song. It squeaks in at No. 60. The Reba McEntire-Kenny Chesney duet, “Every Other Weekend,” makes a comeback at No. 59.
In descending order, Swift is followed in the Top 5 albums by Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits, Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ride, the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden and Rascal Flatts’ Still Feels Good.
Immediately behind Paisley on the songs chart are Rascal Flatts’ “Winner at a Losing Game,” Rodney Atkins’ “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),” Gary Allan’s “Watching Airplanes” and Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus’ “Ready, Set, Don’t Go.”
(In case you’re counting, this makes Swift’s seventh and Paisley’s fourth consecutive week in the driver’s seat.)
Does this remind anyone else of Waiting for Godot?