Blake Shelton Hits No. 1 With “Home,” Taylor Swift Keeps Top CD

Charts Show Paucity of New Music

A round of applause, please, for Blake Shelton as his version of Michael BublĂ©’s “Home” scrambles this week into the No. 1 niche on Billboard’s country songs chart. And speaking of home, Taylor Swift seems to have taken up permanent residence at the top of the albums chart. Her self-titled bundle of hits is still there in its 89th week.

Swift claims yet another distinction this week: “Should’ve Said No,” the fifth single from her debut album, has just reached No. 10, the first time a solo female artist has scored such an achievement since Billboard launched its country albums charts in 1964.

All the new albums this week are re-packaged goods. Leading the parade is Playlist: The Very Best of Dolly Parton (No. 61), shadowed by other titles in the Playlist series: The Very Best of Willie Nelson (No. 63), The Very Best of Alabama (No. 68) and The Very Best of Lonestar (No. 75).

Re-entering are even more Playlist releases: The Very Best of Johnny Cash (No. 47), The Very Best of John Denver (No. 52), The Very Best of Waylon Jennings (No. 54) and The Very Best of Roy Orbison (No. 64). Whiskey Falls’ self-titled album returns at No. 71.

There are only two new songs on the chart: Phil Stacey’s “Old Glory” (No. 57) and the Road Hammers’ cover of Del Reeves’ 1965 smash, “Girl on the Billboard” (No. 60).

After Swift’s, the remaining Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Toby Keith’s 35 Biggest Hits, Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride, Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ride and Kenny Chesney’s Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates.

Trailing Shelton in the songs category are Alan Jackson’s “Good Time,” Montgomery Gentry’s “Back When I Knew It All” (last week’s No. 1), Chesney’s “Better as a Memory” and Brooks & Dunn’s “Put a Girl in It.”

Looks like we’re in a musical drought.

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