Rodney Atkins’ “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)” finally topples Brad Paisley’s “Letter to Me” from the top of Billboard’s song chart this week. But tenacious Taylor Swift’s self-titled CD still holds the No. 1 album slot, where it’s been for eight straight weeks.
The Grammy awards show on Feb. 10 has had no discernible effect on the charts, other than the fact that the one new album entry this week is Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Country, a multi-artist package. It edges in way down at No. 70.
Also, just one new song breaks through. It’s Montgomery Gentry’s “Back When I Knew It All,” which bows at No. 49.
Albums coming back onto the chart are Steve Earle’s Washington Square Serenade (at No. 68), Lyle Lovett and His Large Band’s It’s Not Big It’s Large (No. 74) and Jake Owen’s Startin’ With Me (No. 75).
The lone returning song of the week is Sarah Johns’ “He Hates Me,” resurfacing at No. 56.
Immediately following Swift’s album, in order, are the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden, Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand and Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride.
Swimming along in Atkins’ wake are Gary Allan’s “Watching Airplanes,” Paisley’s “Letter to Me,” Kenny Chesney and George Strait’s “Shiftwork” and, making its first appearance in the Top 5, Alan Jackson’s “Small Town Southern Man.”
Anyone got a pair of jumper cables?