It had to happen. Taylor Swift has finally been toppled from the summit of Billboard’s country albums chart, laid low by Chris Cagle, who barges into the penthouse with My Life’s Been a Country Song.
Cagle’s album, his fourth, sold 36,000 copies this past week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, compared to Swift’s 33,000. It’s worth noting, though, that this is the 70th week out for Swift’s self-titled CD. So Cagle’s got a bit of catching up to do to match her stats.
Topping the song chart for the second week is Rodney Atkins’ “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy).” Curb Records isn’t just working Atkins’ current album — they’ve attached a milking machine to it. This is the East Tennessee singer’s fourth No. 1 from If You’re Going Through Hell, which was released in July of 2006!
The only other new album surfacing this time around is Dolly Parton’s Backwoods Barbie, which slinks in at No. 48. Returning to the list are film soundtrack to Toby Keith’s Broken Bridges (No. 57), Jack Ingram’s This Is It (No. 67) and the multi-artist anthology, Best of Country (No. 71).
Rascal Flatts claim the highest-charting new song, “Every Day,” which bows in at No. 42. Brad Paisley’s “I’m Still a Guy” tips its hat at No. 48.
Following Cagle’s pacesetter in descending order are Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand and the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden.
Similarly arrayed behind Atkins in the Top 5 of the country song chart are Kenny Chesney and George Strait’s “Shiftwork,” Paisley’s “Letter to Me,” Alan Jackson’s “Small Town Southern Man” and Carrie Underwood’s “All-American Girl.”
How about an Underwood-Jackson duet? “All American Girl Dazzles Small Town Southern Man.” It could work.