Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band Keep the High Ground

Soundtrack from TV Series Justified Is Week's Top Album Debut

Three weeks into the New Year, Taylor Swift ’s album Red and the Zac Brown Band single “Goodbye in Her Eyes” maintain their grips on the top of the Billboard charts. Red has been there for 12 weeks, “Goodbye” for three.

While there’s little new to report — just one album and two songs — there is some action within the Top 5 songs cluster.

Gary Allan ’s “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” has jumped from No. 6 to No. 3, Jason Aldean ’s “The Only Way I Know” (with Luke Bryan and Eric Church ) from No. 7 to No. 4 and Brad Paisley ’s “Southern Comfort Zone” from No. 8 to No. 5.

Randy Houser ’s “How Country Feels” had edged up from No. 3 to No. 2.

The lone new album is the soundtrack Justified: Music From the Original Television Series, bowing at No. 49.

Six CDs return to action: George Strait ’s Here for a Good Time (No. 65), Hank Williams Jr. ’s Old School New Rules (No. 66), the multi-artist anthology Mud Digger: Volume 3 (No. 69), Aaron Watson’s Real Good Time (No. 71), Country: Waylon Jennings (No. 73) and Turnpike TroubadoursGoodbye Normal Street (No. 74).

The first-time songs on the country airplay rankings are Swift’s “All Too Well” (No. 58) and Charlie Worsham ’s “Could It Be” (No. 60).

Albums No. 2 through No. 5 are Florida Georgia Line ’s Here’s to the Good Times, Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, Nashville: The Music of Nashville: Season 1: Volume 1 and Little Big Town ’s Tornado, in that order.

Well, we can always hope for more excitement next week. Can’t we?

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