Sugarland Claims No. 1 Album, Taylor Swift Has Top Song

Reba's "Consider Me Gone" Is Highest-Charting New Single

Light the firecrackers. The charts are moving again. At least for this week. Sugarland vaults into No. 1 on Billboard’s country album rankings with the concert recording, Live on the Inside, and Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” arrives at the top of the country songs chart after a 17-week trek.

Sugarland’s first-week sales total, according to the Nielsen SoundScan report, was just under 76,000 copies.

But wait, there’s more! Reba (as in McEntire, of course) has the week’s highest debuting song, “Consider Me Gone,” which rolls in at No. 51.

Gloriana also makes a big splash. The group’s self-titled collection enters the albums list at an inspiring No. 2.

The week’s other new CDs are the Zac Brown Band’s EP, Live From Bonnaroo (No. 20), Mac McAnally’s Down by the River (No. 56) and Steve Azar’s Slide On Over (No. 57).

In addition to Reba’s, the first-time charting songs are Easton Corbin’s “A Little More Country Than That” (No. 56), Mallary Hope’s “Love Lives On” (No. 57) and George Strait’s “Twang” (No. 58).

Albums returning to action include the multiple-artist package Country Love Songs (No. 44), Old Crow Medicine Show’s Tennessee Pusher (No. 70), Hank WilliamsThe Unreleased Recordings: Gospel Keepsakes (No. 73) and Caitlin & Will’s self-titled EP (No. 74).

Following Sugarland and Gloriana in the Top 5 albums bloc are Swift’s Fearless, the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation and the soundtrack to Hannah Montana: The Movie, in that order.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Darius Rucker’s “Alright,” Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy,” Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” and Rascal Flatts“Summer Nights.”

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