Taylor Swift outdoes herself this week. Literally. Her Beautiful Eyes CD/DVD package (available only through Wal-Mart) knocks her debut album, Taylor Swift, out of the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country chart that it’s occupied on and off for 24 of its 91 weeks in stores.
Meanwhile, another leggy, flaxen-haired warbler takes command of the country songs chart. I refer, of course, to Alan Jackson, who scrambles to the top with his blowing-off-steam ditty, “Good Time.”
After being too gone too long, Randy Travis leaps back into action with his solidly country CD, Around the Bend. It makes its entrance at an encouraging No. 3. The only other fresh album is the Grascals’ Keep On Walkin’, which arrives at No. 43 on the country chart and debuts at No. 1 on the bluegrass list.
The various artists package, Vintage Country: The Golden Age of Country Music, returns to the chart at No. 33. Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits: Limited Edition gets a second wind and bounds from No. 38 to No. 8.
Phil Vassar’s “I Would,” which comes on at No. 52, is the week’s highest-charting new song. The other first-time entries are Billy Currington’s “Don’t” (No. 55), Kenny Chesney’s “Got a Little Crazy” (No. 57), McGraw’s “Let It Go” (No. 59) and Trisha Yearwood’s “They Call It Falling for a Reason” (No. 60).
Following directly behind the Swift, Swift and Travis titles on the Top 5 albums list are Jackson’s Good Time and Toby Keith’s 35 Biggest Hits.
Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Blake Shelton’s “Home,” Sugarland’s “All I Want to Do,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Put a Girl in It” and Keith Urban’s “You Look Good in My Shirt.”
Did you notice that not one of the top album or song titles has the word “love” in it? Are you OK with that?