Dierks Bentley strides in like a conqueror this week to take command of both Billboard’s country album and country songs charts.
Bentley’s Feel That Fire CD topples Taylor Swift’s Fearless from the throne it has occupied for the past three months, while his latest single — also dubbed “Feel That Fire” — ends the two-week tenure of Blake Shelton’s “She Wouldn’t Be Gone.”
It’s worth noting too that Feel That Fire debuts at a very strong No. 3 on Billboard’s all-genre listing of the week’s 200 best-selling albums.
There are four other first-time albums: Wynonna’s Sing Chapter 1 (sweeping in at No. 5), Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel’s Willie & the Wheel (No. 15), Colt Ford’s Ride Through the Country (No. 64) and Aaron Tippin’s trucker tribute, In Overdrive (No. 73).
Tim McGraw’s Let It Go re-enters the chart at No. 74.
Swift’s Fearless slips to No. 2, but her self-titled collection (now 120 weeks on the chart) hangs in at No. 3. Darius Rucker’s Learn to Live moves up to No. 4 to round out this edition’s Top 5 albums.
Trailing Bentley within the Top 5 songs list are Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally’s “Down the Road,” Keith Urban’s “Sweet Thing,” Toby Keith’s “God Love Her” and Shelton’s “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” in that order.
More pushing and leapfrogging on the charts when we next meet.