Taylor Swift Persists With Country’s Bestselling Album

The Zac Brown Band Boasts the Week's Top Song

Taylor Swift’s new treasure chest, Fearless, holds the top spot on Billboard’s country albums chart for the second week, thanks to sales of another 217,000 copies. That gives her total sales to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan, of more than 800,000 albums.

But let’s also ring a few bells for the Zac Brown Band, whose “Chicken Fried” is now the No. 1 country song in the land. It reached the pinnacle in a climb that started 23 weeks ago.

Equally impressive, the Zac Brown Band’s debut album, The Foundation, is this week’s highest-charting new title, swinging in at No. 3. Also surfacing for the first time are Blake Shelton’s Startin’ Fires (No. 7) and Randy Houser’s Anything Goes (No. 21).

Jason Aldean boasts the loftiest new song, “She’s Country,” which bows at No. 51. The only other upstart this week is Jason Michael Carroll’s “Where I’m From,” buzzing in at No. 60.

Songs making a chart comeback are Melissa Lawson’s “What if It All Goes Right” (No. 47), Jamie O’Neal’s “Like a Woman” (No. 56) and Adam Gregory’s “What It Takes” (No. 58).

Lining up in Top 5 albums behind Swift are Faith Hill’s Joy to the World, Rascal FlattsGreatest Hits, Volume 1 and Elvis Presley’s Christmas Duets.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs, in that order, are Tim McGraw’s “Let It Go,” Swift’s “Love Song,” Montgomery Gentry’s “Roll With Me” and Rascal Flatts’ “Here.”

Now get out there right now and buy tons and tons of albums. Jobs depend on it. Ours.

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