Little Big Town, Taylor Swift Still Hold Sway Over Albums, Songs Charts

Aaron Watson and Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen Have Week's Highest Debuts

Is this farewell to the boondocks? Little Big Town appear to be enjoying the high life as Tornado, its newest collection of tunes, settles in for its fifth consecutive week at the pinnacle of Billboard’s country albums chart.

By Nielsen SoundScan’s current calculation, Tornado has sold more than 251,000 units.

The stats are comforting for Taylor Swift, as well. Her emphatic “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” occupies the No. 1 country song spot for the second week.

We count six new albums: Aaron Watson’s Real Good Time (bowing in at No. 9), Kenny RogersAmazing Grace (No. 57), Wanda Jackson’s Unfinished Business (No. 61), Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott’s Live: We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This (No. 64), Hank WilliamsThe Lost Concert (No. 66) and Playlist: The Very Best of Alan Jackson (No. 71).

There are four freshmen songs: Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen’s “If I Didn’t Know Better” (No. 29), Uncle Kracker’s “Nobody’s Sad on a Saturday Night” (No. 42), Hayden Panettiere’s “Love Like Mine” (No. 43) and Brett EldredgeNashville.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums are Carrie Underwoods Blown Away, Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, Eric Church’s Chief and the eponymous Hunter Hayes, in that order.

Trailing Swift within the Top 5 songs are Underwood’s “Blown Away,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” Hayes “Wanted” and Lee Brice’s “Hard to Love.”

And in case you’re wondering, Swift still has the three other songs that first charted last week: “Red” (now No. 9), “Begin Again” (No. 16) and “Ronan” (No. 38.)

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