Three albums and five songs make their first appearance on the Billboard charts this week, but Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney still rule the roost. (For those of you who are only aesthetically country, a roost is a projection on which a chicken perches when it is not otherwise engaged.)
Luke Bryan's album, I'll Stay Me, makes the highest leap, arriving at No. 2 and nudging Brad Paisley's 5th Gear back one notch. Halfway to Hazard's self-titled collection and Lori McKenna's Unglamorous, both from Tim McGraw's StyleSonic stable, enter the charts at No. 14 and No. 19, respectively.
Songwise, the Eagles' "How Long" has the most spring in its step, bouncing in at No. 44. Also climbing aboard are Mark Chesnutt's "Rollin' With the Flow" (a remake of Charlie Rich's 1977 hit) at No. 49, Swift's self-penned "Our Song" at No. 55, Rissi Palmer's "Country Girl" at No. 58 and Joanna Cotton's "The Prize" at No. 60.
Re-entering the album chart are Elvis Presley's HitStory (No. 47), Alabama's 16 Biggest Hits (No. 66) and Teddy Thompson's Up Front & Down Low (No. 75). The only returning song is Tracy Lawrence's "Til I Was a Daddy Too" (No. 59).
Swift's self-titled album holds the No. 1 slot for the fifth week, as does Chesney's tune, "Never Wanted Nothing More." The remaining two Top 5 albums are McGraw's Let It Go (No. 4) and Carrie Underwood's Some Hearts (No. 5).
Two songs break into the Top 5 this week: Rascal Flatts' "Take Me There," which moves from No. 7 to No. 4, and Brooks & Dunn's "Proud of the House We Built," which advances from No. 8 to No. 5. Rodney Atkins' "These Are My People" holds at the No. 2 spot, and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You" skips from No. 4 to No. 3.
In just its second week, George Strait's "How 'Bout Them Cowgirls" bounds from No. 35 to No. 26.
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