“Start a Band” Takes Paisley and Urban to the Top of Chart

Taylor Swift's Fearless Remains Peerless

Brad and Keith’s excellent adventure lands them atop Billboard’s country songs chart this week via their dazzling duet, “Start a Band.” Not to be outdone, Taylor Swift keeps her Vise-Grip perch on the summit of the albums list with Fearless — for the ninth week.

It’s taken 18 weeks for the Brad PaisleyKeith Urban pairing to reach the catbird seat.

The two new and six returning albums are all recycled packages. Playlist: The Very Best of Brooks & Dunn debuts at No. 48, while the multi-artist collection, Country’s 20 Classic Songs of the Century, tips its hat at No. 67.

Re-entering the competition are Playlist: The Very Best of Roy Orbison (No. 50), The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash (No. 56), Playlist: The Very Best of Dolly Parton (No. 57), Playlist: The Very Best of Willie Nelson (No. 63), Playlist: The Very Best of Waylon Jennings (No. 64) and Playlist: The Very Best of Alabama (No. 74).

John Rich boasts the highest-charting new song as “Another You” bows at No. 51. Parting the curtain at No. 54 is “Whatever It Is” by the Zac Brown Band. Sara Evans’ “Low” makes a comeback at No. 59.

Parading immediately behind Paisley and Urban in the Top 5 are Sugarland’s “Already Gone,” Rascal Flatts’ “Here,” Billy Currington’s “Don’t” and Alan Jackson’s “Country Boy.”

Swift’s first album, Taylor Swift, holds the No. 2 spot this week, followed by Sugarland’s Love on the Inside, Rascal Flatts’ Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 and the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation.

Don’t look for any big shake-up among the albums any time soon. But keep an eye on Dierks Bentley’s Feel That Fire, which hits the street Feb. 3.

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