Raise your glass, please, to the Earl of East Tennessee — the eminent Kenny Chesney — as he settles in for his second week as proprietor of America’s No. 1 country song, “Somewhere With You.”
And, as is her custom, Taylor Swift continues a multiweek occupancy at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart with Speak Now. Since that charmed collection was released 13 weeks ago, it has sold more than 3 million copies, by Nielsen SoundScan’s tally.
This week’s highest-debuting album is the Eric Church EP, Caldwell County, which checks in at No. 13. The remaining newcomers are singer-songwriter Sunny Sweeney’s self-titled EP (No. 41) and the various artist compilation, Whatever: Country Hits of the ’90s (No. 51).
Toby Keith’s American Ride re-enters the chart at No. 74.
Jason Aldean claims the top-ranking new song, “Dirt Road Anthem,” bowing at No. 57. Also breaking in are Aaron Lewis’ “Country Boy,” featuring Charlie Daniels and George Jones, at No. 59 and Alabama’s “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” at No. 60. The latter track is from a forthcoming tribute album, Waylon Jennings: The Music Inside, Volume 1.
Trailing Speak Now within the Top 5 albums cluster are Aldean’s My Kinda Party, the Country Strong soundtrack, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now and the Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give, in that order.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Keith Urban’s “Put You in a Song,” Luke Bryan’s “Someone Else Calling You Baby” (leapfrogging from No. 6), Tim McGraw’s “Felt Good on My Lips” and Chris Young’s “Voices.”
Ashton Shepherd’s sassy “Look It Up” has rocketed into the No. 37 slot in just four weeks. Will it keep its momentum? Stay tuned.