How about a No. 1 single for Christmas? That’s Reba McEntire’s gift as “Consider Me Gone” scrambles into the top spot for the last week of 2009, dislodging Lady Antebellum’s long-running “Need You Now,” which scoots back to No. 2.
But Lady A can take comfort in knowing that its “American Honey” is the highest-debuting song of the week. It flows in at No. 47.
Taylor Swift, on whom the universe still beams, obviously played her Christmas cookies well, too. Her album Fearless ends 2009 just as it began it — solidly at No. 1.
Phil Vassar’s Traveling Circus is the only new album to chart this week. It enters at No. 29.
There are two other new songs: Swift’s “Fearless,” bowing at No. 50, and Gretchen Wilson’s “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” rumbling in at No. 54.
That’s it, folks. Here’s hoping you avoided wreath rage and chestnut burns.