Taylor Swift’s Speak Now Speaks Loud as Week’s Best-Selling CD

Darius Rucker's "Come Back Song" Continues as Country's Top Tune

Fling wide your doors, Music Row, and run dancing into the streets. The Taylor Swift Job Security Plan has been enacted.

Propelled by first-week sales of 1,046,718 copies (as measured by Nielsen SoundScan), Swift’s Speak Now roars into the No. 1 spot on both Billboard’s country albums chart and the Billboard 200 all-genre rankings.

Darius Rucker has cause to revel, as well. His “Come Back Song” remains the top country song for the second week in a row.

Two other new albums make their debut: Country Strong, the multi-artist soundtrack to the movie of the same name, bowing at No. 16, and The Essential Dixie Chicks, arriving at No. 40.

Swift’s “Mean” is the week’s highest charting new song. It enters at No. 55 and is followed at No. 56 by the only other newcomer, Josh Turner’s “I Wouldn’t Be a Man.” The title track from Swift’s new album returns to the chart at No. 58.

Completing the Top 5 albums cluster, in descending order, are Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine (last week’s chart-topper), Rucker’s Charleston, SC 1966, The Band Perry’s self-titled collection and Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Swift’s “Mine,” Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue,” the Zac Brown Band’s “As She’s Walking Away” (featuring Alan Jackson) and Brad Paisley’s “Anything Like Me.”

Suddenly, Christmas is in the air.

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