Trace Adkins ought to be feeling pretty good right now. His "You're Gonna Miss This" is Billboard's top country song of the week, and American Man, his second greatest hits collection, has vaulted all the way from No. 10 to No. 3 on the albums list in the aftermath of his TV work on The Celebrity Apprentice.
But what about Taylor Swift, you ask. Well, her self-titled album remains glued into the No. 1 berth. You know how it is when you find a place you really like.
Otherwise, there's not a lot of activity to report -- only one new song and three new albums. The sole debuting song is Jimmy Wayne's "Do You Believe Me Now," which clocks in at No. 53. Because of various record label shifts, Wayne's career has bounced around like a beach ball at a rock concert since he made his impressive bow in 2003 with "Stay Gone." It's good to have him back.
Album-wise, we welcome Vintage Country: The Golden Age of Country Music, a multi-artist package making its entrance at No. 11, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder's Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947, twanging into the No. 29 slot and Justin Townes Earle's The Good Life, surfacing at No. 70. Earle is the son of singer-songwriter Steve Earle.
Besides Swift at No. 1 and Adkins at No. 3, Alan Jackson's Good Time comes in at No. 2. Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride and Garth Brooks' The Ultimate Hits round out the Top 5 country albums.
Completing the Top 5 songs, top to bottom, are George Strait's "I Saw God Today," Chris Cagle's "What Kinda Gone," Jackson's "Small Town Southern Man" and James Otto's "Just Got Started Lovin' You."
Kenny Chesney's "Better as a Memory" takes a big leap in just its second week out, arcing from No. 47 to No. 25. Any doubt about where he's headed?