Ho, ho, ho hum.
The last charts of the year are seldom exciting because all the big albums have already been released, and most of the new singles are being held back until the holiday clutter dissipates.
That said, let us see where we stand, Billboard-wise.
All but one of the five new albums are Christmas-themed, the odd man out being the various-artists package This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, which bows in at No. 61.
The others are Slidawg & the Redneck Ramblers’ Redneck Christmas (No. 47), George Strait’s Christmas Time: 15 Holiday Favorites (No. 62) and the multi-artist grab bags, Country Christmas (No. 54) and Country Christmas (No. 68).
Icon: Don Williams re-enters at No. 73.
The only new song is Martina McBride’s “Please Come Home for Christmas.” It arrives at No. 57.
Trooping in directly behind Own the Night within the Top 5 albums cluster are Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day (last week’s No. 1), Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now: World Tour Live and Toby Keith’s Clancy’s Tavern.
“Hark! the Nielsen SoundScan rings/Alerting us to blahs and bling.”