Taylor Swift’s Fearless Still Nation’s Best-selling CD

Alan Jackson's "Country Boy" Is Week's New Top Song

Mark it up as 10 straight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s county albums chart for Taylor Swift’s Fearless. It’s also the current bestseller on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, holding Beyonce’s I Am … Sasha Fierce firmly at No. 2.

While Swift all but installs seat belts to keep her grip on the throne, another breather of rarefied air, Alan Jackson, ambles to No. 1 on the songs chart with his self-penned “Country Boy.”

The one new album this week is Undone: A Musicfest Tribute to Robert Earl Keen, a multi-artist collection that comes aboard at No. 66.

Returning albums are George Strait’s 22 More Hits (No. 58), Patty LovelessSleepless Nights (No. 62), Sara EvansGreatest Hits (No. 68), the eponymous Randy Rogers Band (No. 71) and Keith Anderson’s C’Mon! (No. 74).

The highest charting new song is Carrie Underwood’s cover of Randy Travis’ “I Told You So.” It enters at No. 37. Travis’ original recording of the song (a composition he also wrote) reached No. 1 on June 11, 1988, after an 18-week sojourn up the chart.

Here’s a tad more history: Songs in the second through fifth position that long-ago week were the Desert Rose Band’s “He’s Back and I’m Blue,” Tanya Tucker’s “If It Don’t Come Easy,” the Gatlin Brothers’ “Love of a Lifetime” and Don Williams’ “Another Place, Another Time.” How many of these can you hum?

Only two artists on the chart that week are also on this week, almost 21 years later: George Strait and Reba McEntire. No surprise there.

One more archival bit: The song that achieved the highest entry point that week of June 11, 1988, was the Judds’ “Give a Little Love.”

OK, back to now. This week’s other newly arriving songs are Lady Antebellum’s “I Run to You” (No. 50), Carrie Underwood’s “The More Boys I Meet” (No. 52), Chuck Wicks’s “Man of the House” (No. 59) and Keith Anderson’s “She Could’ve Been Mine” (No. 60).

Bunching up behind Fearless in the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Taylor Swift, Sugarland’s Love on the Inside, the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation and Rascal FlattsGreatest Hits, Vol. 1.

In the Top 5 songs, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban’s “Start a Band” drops from the summit to No. 2. Blake Shelton’s “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” arches from No. 9 to No. 2. Billy Currington’s “Don’t” holds at No. 4 for the second week, and Dierks Bentley’s “Feel That Fire” sprints from No. 8 to No. 5.

Tim McGraw’s “Nothin’ to Die For” makes the week’s greatest advance, vaulting from No. 31 to No. 24.

Will Taylor tumble or Alan anchor? Tune in next week.

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