Taylor Swift Keeps Top Album Posts, While Sugarland Scores No. 1 Song

Eight New Songs Invade This Week's Chart, Led by Trace Adkins' "Marry for Money"

How about that? Christmas goes away and the charts light up. There are eight new songs on the Billboard chart this week and another eight re-entries.

Album wise, Taylor Swift is still queen. Her new CD, Fearless, tops both the country and the all-formats list. Sugarland’s “Already Gone” is now the nation’s No. 1 country song.

Trace Adkins’ “Marry for Money” is the highest-debuting single, coming in at No. 49. The remaining first-timers are Trent Tomlinson’s “That’s How It Still Oughta Be” (No. 51), Richie McDonald’s “How Do I Just Stop” (No. 53) and Craig Morgan’s “God Must Really Love Me” (No. 54).

Also Point of Grace’s “I Wish” (No. 55), Steve Azar’s “You’re My Life” (No. 57), Crystal Shawanda’s “My Roots Are Showing” (No. 58) and Rehab’s “Bartender Song,” featuring Hank Williams Jr. (No. 60).

The returnees are Josh Gracin’s “Telluride” (No. 45), Little Big Town’s “Good Lord Willing” (No. 46), Jessica Andrew’s “Everything” (No. 47), Melissa Lawson’s “What If It All Goes Right” (No. 48).

And Jamie O’Neal’s “Like a Woman” (No. 50), Matt Stillwell’s “Shine” (No. 52), Steve Holy’s “Might Have Been” (No. 56) and Tracy Lawrence’s “You Can’t Hide Redneck” (No. 59).

There aren’t any new albums this week, but NBC Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection vaults from No. 16 to No. 2 in what must surely be its last surge of the season.

In its seventh week out, Randy Houser’s Anything Goes also takes a giant step, stretching from No. 56 to No. 38.

Six albums stage comebacks: McDonald’s I Turn to You (No. 66), Playlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash (No. 68), Keith Anderson’s C’mon (No. 69), Patty LovelessSleepless Nights (No. 70), Randy Owen’s One on One (No.73) and Playlist: The Very Best of John Denver (No. 74).

Rounding out the Top 5 albums are Taylor Swift, Sugarland’s Love on the Inside and Rascal FlattsGreatest Hits Volume 1, in that order.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Rascal Flatts’ “Here,” Brad Paisley and Keith Urban’s “Start a Band,” the Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” and Montgomery Gentry’s “Roll With Me.”

You look exhausted. Let’s stop right here.

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