If your Christmas wish was that this column would finally stop effusing about Taylor Swift, prepare to grit your teeth. Her blonde perkiness still prevails — and without mussing her hair — as 2008 slides into the dustbin of publicity statistics.
Thus let it be noted that Swift’s Fearless not only crowns Billboard’s country albums chart this week for the fifth consecutive time but also rockets back to the top of the magazine’s all-genre listing, elbowing aside Britney Spears’ Circus in the nicest possible way.
For the second week, Montgomery Gentry’s “Roll With Me” holds the No. 1 spot on the songs chart.
No new country albums surface this week although a couple return: Tim McGraw’s Limited Edition: Greatest Hits: Volumes 1, 2 & 3 (at No. 61) and Bill & Gloria Gaither with Homecoming Friends’ Bill Gaither Presents: Country Bluegrass Homecoming, Volume One (No. 73). Obviously, the department of snappy titles was out to lunch when these two verbal mutants were minted.
Four new songs make their bow: Carrie Underwood’s “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (No. 54), Josh Gracin’s “Telluride” (No. 58), Faith Hill’s “Little Drummer Boy” (No. 59) and Steve Holy’s “Might Have Been” (No. 60).
The rest is silence.