Brad Paisley shoulders aside last week’s champ — Miranda Lambert’s “Heart Like Mine” — to plant his flag on the summit of the Billboard country songs chart with “Old Alabama.” In that achievement he is vocally assisted by the Texas Tornados — just kidding — by the inimitable Alabama, of course.
Jason Aldean keeps his No. 1 berth on the album chart with My Kinda Party. He’s been there since coal was formed.
The week’s highest debuting of five new albums is Hank III’s Hillbilly Joker, which enters at No. 10. Farther back in the parade are the John Rich EPs Rich Rocks and For the Kids (No. 35 and No. 43, respectively), Matraca Berg’s The Dreaming Fields (No. 43) and the Payton Rae EP, Dare to Live (No. 62).
Kenny Rogers’ self-titled collection on Sonoma Records returns at No. 74.
There are also five new songs to note: Brad Paisley’s duet with Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me” (No. 36), Darius Rucker’s “I Got Nothin'” (No. 54), Phil Vassar’s “Let’s Get Together” (No. 55), Stealing Angels’s “Paper Heart” (No. 59) and Joe Nichols’ “Take It Off” (No. 60).
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, the Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give, Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Paper Airplane and The Band Perry’s self-titled debut.
Lots of new candidates this week for those who like to play the Title Tales game of finding new meanings by jamming song titles together.
Thompson Square + Darius Rucker = “I Got You I Got Nothin'”
Reba + Joe Nichols = “When Love Gets a Hold of You Take It Off”
Phil Vassar + Toby Keith = “Let’s Get Together Somewhere Else”