The former lead singer for Hootie & the Blowfish scored his first country chart-topper late last year with “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” That record was the first No. 1 country tune by a black artist since Charley Pride planted the banner in 1983 with “Night Games.”
Taylor Swift not only maintains her supremacy on the country albums chart with Fearless for the 18th consecutive week, she does so by selling more than three times the number of CDs this week than her nearest competitor.
There are four new albums to report and a like number of new songs. This week’s highest charting title is Ronnie Milsap’s Then Sings My Soul: 24 Favorite Hymns & Gospel Songs (No. 19). It’s stalked by the self-titled Davisson Brothers Band (No. 40), Elvis Presley’s I Believe: The Gospel Masters (No. 54) and the multi-artist compilation Enjoy the Greatest Country Songs of All Time (No. 74).
Returning albums include The Randy Rogers Band (No. 66), Tim McGraw’s Let It Go (No. 69), Playlist: The Very Best of Roy Orbison (No. 71), Bill & Gloria Gaither and the Homecoming Friends’ Bill Gaither Presents: Country Bluegrass Homecoming, Volume One (No. 72) and Craig Morgan’s That’s Why (No. 73).
The first-time songs are Keith Urban’s “Kiss a Girl” (No. 29), Carrie Underwood’s “Home Sweet Home” (No. 52), Jessica Harp’s “Boy Like Me” (No. 58) and Caitlin & Will’s “Address in the Stars” (No. 60).
Albums at No. 2 through No. 5, in that order, are the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation, Rucker’s Learn to Live, Taylor Swift and Underwood’s Carnival Ride.
Trailing in sequence behind Rucker within the Top 5 songs are Brooks & Dunn’s “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” (with Reba McEntire), Urban’s “Sweet Thing,” George Strait’s “River of Love” and Swift’s “White Horse.”
With the arrival of spring, it bears noting that Taylor Swift commanded the country albums chart for the entire winter.