Reba Has Top Song for Fourth Week, Taylor Swift’s Album Still Leads

Kenny Chesney, Stoney LaRue Post Top New Single and CD

Consider her rooted.

Reba McEntire savors her fourth consecutive week at the top of Billboard’s country songs chart with the feisty “Consider Me Gone” — a pretty remarkable achievement when you consider that the ageless redhead scored her first No. 1 (“Can’t Even Get the Blues”) 28 years ago and her first single (“I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand”) 34 years back.

Taylor Swift’s Fearless still occupies the country albums summit. That CD was the bestseller of 2009, with more than 3.2 million copies purchased that year alone. The album’s overall sales now exceed 5.3 million.

And to think it used to be common “wisdom” in country music circles that female artists don’t sell! Reba was one of the first to shatter that canard.

OK. Enough soapboxing.

This week’s charts do not bristle with excitement — only one new album and three new songs to note. The album is Stoney LaRue’s Live Acoustic, which debuts at No. 66. The songs are Kenny Chesney’s “This Is Our Moment” (No. 50), Colt Ford’s “Cold Beer,” featuring Jamey Johnson (No. 59) and Luke Bryan’s “Rain Is a Good Thing” (No. 60).

Albums re-entering the charts include Ford’s Country Is as Country Does (back at No. 59), Lorrie Morgan’s A Moment in Time (No. 64) and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Tennessee Pusher (No. 75).

The lone returning song is Rodney Atkins’ “Chasin’ Girls” (No. 51).

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

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Dierks Bentley’s “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes,” Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice,” Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar” (making its first appearance in the Top 5) and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”

Lady A’s new album, also titled Need You Now, hits the streets on Jan. 26. Expect some fireworks then.

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