Taylor Swift Reclaims Country Album Crown (Again)

Kenny Chesney's "Better Than a Memory" Is the Week's Top Song

For the umpteenth time, Taylor Swift’s self-titled fountain of teen angst bubbles back to the No. 1 spot on this week’s Billboard country albums chart. Opposite Swift on the peak of the songs chart is Kenny Chesney, whose “Better Than a Memory” wins the championship just 13 weeks after its release.

Montgomery Gentry has the current highest-charting new album, Back When I Knew It All, which checks in at No. 3. Brad Paisley claims the top new single berth at No. 51 with “Waitin’ on a Woman.” (This tune appeared on Paisley’s 2005 album, Time Well Wasted. Although the song quickly became a fan favorite, it was never released as a single until now. Its companion music video will co-star Andy Griffith.)

This week’s remaining new albums are Emmylou Harris’ All I Intended to Be (No. 4), comic Roy D. Mercer’s More Greatest Fits (No. 41) and the eponymous The Infamous Stringdusters (No. 62).

The re-entering CDs are Dwight Yoakam’s Dwight Sings Buck (No. 68), the multi-artist anthology Best of Country (No. 73), Playlist: The Very Best of Waylon Jennings (No. 74), and Steve Ivey’s Best of Bluegrass Gospel: Collector’s Edition.

The other newcomers to the songs list are Pat Green’s “Let Me” (No. 53), James Otto’s “For You” (No. 58) and the Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” (No. 59).

Completing this week’s Top 5 albums ranking are Toby Keith’s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 2) and Jewel’s Perfectly Clear, which tumbles to No. 5 from its niche last week at No. 1. Following Chesney within the Top 5 songs, in descending order, are Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name,” Blake Shelton’s “Home,” Paisley’s “I’m Still a Guy” and Rascal Flatts’ “Every Day.”

It doesn’t appear that the CMA Music Festival generated any waves in the chart world.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.