Kellie Pickler and Kenny Chesney Are Top Dogs on Charts

New Albums Arrive From Faith Hill, Cherryholmes, Mary Chapin Carpenter

Kellie Pickler plants her flag atop Billboard’s country albums chart this week with her second CD, a self-titled collection. On the songs side, Kenny Chesney rolls into No. 1 with “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven.”

There are five other new CDs to report: Faith Hill’s Joy to the World (bowing at No. 6), Craig Morgan’s Greatest Hits (No. 16), Wade Bowen’s If We Ever Make It Home (No. 29), CherryholmesCherryholmes III: Don’t Believe (No. 48) and Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas (No. 62).

First-time songs are Jack Ingram’s “That’s a Man” (No. 47), Jessica Simpson’s “Remember That” (No. 55) and John Michael Montgomery’s “Forever” (No. 57).

Continuing its rapid climb is Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.” It arrives at No. 9 at this, it’s fourth week out.

There are no re-entering albums or songs.

Trailing in order behind Pickler on the Top 5 albums list are Sugarland’s Love on the Inside, Darius Rucker’s Learn to Live, Swift’s self-titled debut and the various artists anthology, NOW That’s What I Call Country

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Rucker’s “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” Toby Keith’s “She Never Cried in Front of Me,” Carrie Underwood’s “Just a Dream” (making its Top 5 debut) and Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long.”

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