Can I get a “Ho-hum”?
Not much cracking this week on Billboard’s country charts. Taylor Swift’s self-titled album has bobbed to the top once more, and Brad Paisley snuggles in for his third week on the summit with his song, “I’m Still a Guy.”
There’s a paucity of new entries — just two albums and two songs. One Flew South’s CD, Last of the Good Guys, swaggers in at No. 67, trailed at No. 72 by Tim McGraw: Collector’s Edition, a three-CD compilation.
Country’s newest artist, Jessica Simpson, boasts the highest charting new song: “Come On Over” (no, not the Shania Twain tune). It emerges at No. 41. Meanwhile, George Strait’s “Troubadour” bows in at No. 57.
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Country, a various-artists CD package, comes back on the albums chart at No. 59, and Keith Urban’s “You Look Good in My Shirt” returns to the singles list at No. 42.
A couple of tunes are picking up speed. Brooks & Dunn’s “Put a Girl in It” has barreled up to No. 15 its sixth week out. Nipping at B&D’s heels is Swift, whose “Should’ve Said No” has raced into the No. 27 spot in just three weeks.
Completing the Top 5 albums list after Swift are (in descending order) Toby Keith’s 35 Biggest Hits, Julianne Hough’s self-titled debut (last week’s No. 1), Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride and James Otto’s Sunset Man.
Parading directly behind Paisley are Rascal Flatts’ “Every Day,” Lady Antebellum’s “Love Don’t Live Here,” Phil Vassar’s “Love Is a Beautiful Thing” and Underwood’s “Last Name.”
Stay tuned. There’s not much else to do.