Taylor Swift’s Fearless Returns to No. 1

Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" Is Top Song for Third Week

Now sporting a “4” beside its title to indicate that it’s shipped 4 million copies to record stores, Taylor Swift’s Fearless rebounds to the top of Billboard’s country albums chart, elbowing aside Carrie Underwood’s Play On, which held No. 1 for the past three weeks.

Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” is also in its third week at the peak of the songs list.

Jimmy Wayne’s Sara Smile is the highest-debuting album this time around, bounding in at No. 32.

The only other newcomers are Jason Aldean’s Live Sessions EP (No. 43) and Rascal Flatts’ four-song Christmas package, Unwrapped (No. 48). Rodney AtkinsIt’s America revisits the albums chart at No. 75.

There are just two new songs to recognize: Underwood’s “Temporary Home,” which settles in at No. 48, and Love and Theft’s “Dancing in Circles,” arriving at No. 59. Returnees include Jack Ingram and Patty Griffin’s “Seeing Stars” (No. 55) and Mica Roberts’ “Days You Live For” (No. 58).

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice and Sugarland’s Green and Gold.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Luke Bryan’s “Do I,” Reba’s “Consider Me Gone,” Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova” and Craig Morgan’s “Bonfire.”

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