Keith Urban elevates the subject of cross-dressing to a level that can no longer be ignored as his “You Look Good in My Shirt” prances to No. 1 this week on the Billboard country singles chart. Decorum prevents us from asking why his sweetie isn’t wearing her own shirt, but we have our suspicions. Less shocking is the fact that Sugarland’s latest CD, Love on the Inside, continues to occupy the top rung of the country albums chart, just as it has for the past five reports.
And, wonder of wonders, eight new albums make their chart debut this week. That’s the most fresh titles we’ve seen in ages. Leading the pack is George Jones’ Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets (a contradictory title if ever there was one). It comes on at No. 15.
The other newcomers are Crystal Shawanda’s Dawn of a New Day (No. 16), the ink-absorbing Bill Gaither Presents: Country Bluegrass Homecoming, Volume One by Bill and Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends (No. 26), Glen Campbell’s Meet Glen Campbell (No. 27), the multi-artist Bill Gaither Presents: Country Bluegrass Homecoming, Volume Two (No. 32), Brandon Rhyder’s Every Night (No. 53), Cadillac Sky’s Gravity’s Our Enemy (No. 56) and Jerry Douglas’ Glide (No. 69).
Staging a comeback is the Grascals’ Keep on Walkin’, which re-enters the chart at No. 74.
There are but two new songs this week: Josh Turner’s “Everything Is Fine” (No 52) and Miranda Lambert’s “More Like Her” (No. 54).
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums are Taylor Swift’s self-titled collection, Heidi Newfield’s What Am I Waiting For, Toby Keith’s 35 Biggest Hits and Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride. (Swift’s Beautiful Eyes EP strays into unfamiliar territory by dropping to No. 6.)
Rounding out the Top 5 songs, in descending order, are Keith Anderson’s “I Still Miss You,” Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ on a Woman,” Jimmy Wayne’s “Do You Believe Me Now” and the ubiquitous Swift’s “Should’ve Said No.”
No applause, please. Let’s just stand back and immerse ourselves in the art.