Mr. Jackson, you’ve made your point.
With “Small Town Southern Man” stepping up from No. 2 to No. 1 and Good Time claiming the peak for a second week, Alan Jackson now holds sway over both Billboard’s country songs and albums charts.
The tall man’s double victory jangles an otherwise sleepy chart week. There’s only one new song and one new album to report. Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name” bows at No. 46, while Kenny Chesney’s Super Hits collection edges in at No. 68.
Lee Brice’s single, “Happy Endings,” bounces back onto the charts at No. 32. Three albums also make comebacks: Emerson Drive’s Countrified (No. 67), Rhonda Vincent’s Good Thing Going (No. 70) and Ronnie Milsap’s 16 Biggest Hits (No. 75).
While they’re still some distance from the top, three songs are racing up the ladder. After just six weeks, George Strait’s “I Saw God Today” is already No. 7. Rascal Flatts’ “Every Day” and Brad Paisley’s “I’m Still a Guy” have zoomed to No. 16 and No. 19, respectively, in only four weeks.
Among the Top 5 songs we find, in descending order, Underwood’s “All-American Girl,” Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Rodney Atkins’ “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)” and Chesney and Strait’s “Shiftwork.”
Albumwise, Taylor Swift’s self-titled package stays dug in at No. 2 after 73 weeks on the charts, followed in sequence by Underwood’s Carnival Ride, Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits and the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden.
Honestly, now, have you ever seen so much drama squeezed from such little action?