Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line Ditto Last Week’s Rankings

Soundtrack of Nashville TV Series Is Highest-Debuting Album

With Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 207,998 copies just this past week, Taylor Swift ’s Red remains miles ahead of the nearest competition on Billboard’s country albums chart.

In the eight weeks since its debut at No. 1, Red has sold 2,590,539 copies. And just to make things merrier, Red is back at the top of Billboard’s all-genres chart this week despite a strong debut by Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox.

Another volley of applause, please, for Florida Georgia Line ’s “Cruise,” which revels in its third week on the peak of Billboard’s country airplay listing.

Newcomers to the albums chart are the various artist soundtrack Nashville: The Music of Nashville: Season 1: Volume 1 (No. 4), Blake Shelton ’s Original Album Series (No. 62), Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale ’s Buddy and Jim (No. 67) and Country Waylon Jennings (No. 74).

The week’s new songs are the Henningsens ’ “American Beautiful” (No. 51), Shelton’s “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (No. 57) and “Blue Christmas” (No. 59), the latter with the Pistol Annies .

Checking in at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, on the albums chart are Shelton’s Cheers, It’s Christmas, Lady Antebellum ’s On This Winter’s Night and Little Big Town ’s Tornado.

And the No. 2 through No. 5 songs, in that order, are Justin Moore ’s “Til My Last Day,” Kip Moore ’s “Beer Money,” the Zac Brown Band ’s “Goodbye in Her Eyes” and Eric Church ’s “Creepin’.”

OK, you consuming compadres, let’s whip out those credit cards and put the country back in Christmas. Music Row needs you.

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