Taylor and Reba Top the Chart Again — As If You Couldn’t Have Guessed

Easton Corbin Scores Week's Only New Album, and James Wesley Has Peak New Song

A new year but the same old charts. Well, almost. The top three albums and top four songs are the same this week as last. So, yes, that means Taylor Swift’s Fearless and Reba McEntire’s “Consider Me Gone” are still No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums and country songs lists.

The only new album to note is newcomer Easton Corbin’s EP, A Little More Country Than That. It debuts at No. 62.

Albums returning to the chart include John Doe and the Sadies’ Country Club (No. 59), the Eli Young Band’s Jet Black & Jealous (No. 67), Jason Aldean’s Live Sessions EP (No. 73) and Steve Earle’s Townes (No. 75).

Another newcomer, James Wesley, owns the highest-charting new song with “Jackson Hole” sweeping in at No. 54. The week’s other newcomers are George Strait’s “I Gotta Get to You” (No. 57), Trace Adkins’ “Ala-Freakin-Bama” (No. 58) and Jerrod Niemann’s “One More Drinkin’ Song” (No. 60).

Four songs make a comeback, namely Jonathan Singleton & the Grove’s “Look Who’s Back in Love” at No. 52, Brooks & Dunn’s “Over the Next Hill” (featuring Mac Powell) at No. 55, Jaron and the Long Road to Love’s “Pray for You” at No. 56 and Jack Ingram’s “Seeing Stars” (featuring Patty Griffin) at No. 59.

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Carrie Underwood’s Play On, Lady Antebellum’s Lady Antebellum, the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation and Aldean’s Wide Open.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs include Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Dierks Bentley’s “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes,” Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” and Luke Bryan’s “Do I.”

While we’re in the neighborhood, how about a vigorous thumbs up to McGraw for being declared the most-played artist in America of the past decade? Between the start of 2000 and the end of 2009, his records racked up a total of 7,695,000 spins at radio. No wonder he inspired Swift’s first hit. She must have heard him everywhere.

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