Charts Chill Down, but Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum Are Still Cooking

Rodney Carrington and Darius Rucker Bow New Christmas Singles

There’s a chill in Billboard’s country charts this week with no new albums and only two new songs to report. But Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum are still red hot as her Fearless and their “Need You Now” continue their multi-week reigns as the No. 1 album and song, respectively.

Swift’s Fearless now has 5 million copies in the retail pipeline.

Not surprisingly, the two new songs are both Christmas ditties, which mean they face a relatively brief chart life. Rodney Carrington’s tension-titled “Camouflage and Christmas Lights” debuts at No. 52, while Darius Rucker’s “Candy Cane Christmas” (not to be confused with Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas”) slides down the chimney at No. 60.

Two familiar album titles return to the list this week: the Cracker Barrel restaurants’ edition of the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation (popping back at No. 63) and Joey & Rory’s The Life of a Song (edging in at No. 74).

Trailing Swift in the Top 5 albums cluster are Carrie Underwood’s Play On, Sugarland’s Gold and Green, Lady Antebellum’s self-titled album and Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice, in that order.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Luke Bryan’s “Do I,” Reba McEntire’s “Consider Me Gone,” Craig Morgan’s “Bonfire” and Dierks Bentley’s “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes.”

Now ask yourself, “Have I done my part to ensure Taylor Swift a merry Christmas?”

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