Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum Still Reside in Their Chart Penthouses

Colt Ford, Alan Jackson Claim Highest Debuting New Album and Song

Score another week at the peak of the Billboard charts for Taylor Swift’s blockbuster CD, Fearless, and Lady Antebellum’s infectiously imploring single, “Need You Now.”

Colt Ford’s Live From the Suwannee River Jam is the week’s only new album. It debuts at No. 52.

There are, however, five new songs, led by Alan Jackson’s “It’s Just That Way” (No. 50) and followed by Trailer Choir’s “Rockin’ the Beer Gut (Holla Day Version)” (No. 51), American Idol finalist Danny Gokey’s “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” (No. 55), Jonathan Singleton & the Grove’s “Look Who’s Back in Love” (No. 56) and Evan Taubenfeld’s wildly aspirational “Merry Swiftmas (Even Though I Celebrate Chanukah) (No. 59).

Resurfacing on the albums chart are Dolly Parton’s Dolly (No. 63), the multi-artist package Best of Country Gospel (No. 71), Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel’s Willie & the Wheel (No. 73) and Rodney Carrington’s El Nino Loco (No. 75).

Three songs have staged comebacks — Rocket Club’s “One More Day” (No. 57), Bucky Covington’s “Gotta Be Somebody” (No. 58) and Brooks & Dunn and Mac Powell’s “Over the Next Hill” (No. 60).

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

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

These are the real sounds of the season.

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