Taylor Swift’s Fearless Unmoved, Urban’s “Sweet Thing” Is Top Song

Jake Owen Posts Highest Charting New Album, Easy Does It

Can this be true? Taylor Swift’s Fearless still at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart after 16 weeks? You’d better believe it. And her self-titled debut CD is at a very rosy No. 6 after 123 weeks. No wonder she’s fearless.

Keith Urban is in high cotton this week, too, as his “Sweet Thing” ascends to No. 1 on the songs chart, dislodging last week’s champ, Toby Keith’s “God Love Her.”

The big news, album wise, is that Jake Owen debuts at No. 2 with his sophomore collection, Easy Does It. His is the week’s only new album.

Returning albums include George Strait’s Classic Christmas — say what? — at No. 66, the film soundtrack of Toby Keith’s Beer for My Horses (No. 73) and Playlist: The Very Best of Brooks & Dunn (No. 75).

Dierks Bentley has the highest-charting of this week’s five new songs. His “Sideways” sidles in at No. 38, followed by Miley Cyrus“The Climb” (No. 48), David Nail’s “Red Light” (No. 58), Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Back to Tennessee” (No. 59) and Love and Theft’s “Runaway” (No. 60).

Completing the Top 5 albums are Robert Plant and Alison KraussRaising Sand, Darius Rucker’s Learn to Live and the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation in that order.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Keith’s “God Love Her,” Rucker’s “It Won’t Be Like This for Long,” Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally’s “Down the Road” and Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire’s “Cowgirls Don’t Cry.”

See you next week on the chart, Miss Swift.

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