What colossal timing! The week before Taylor Swift discovers how many of her four CMA award nominations have borne fruit, her Fearless collection (which is up for album of the year) springs back to the top of Billboard's country albums chart.
Equally fortunate, the Zac Brown Band, also in the running for four CMA trophies, sees its "Toes" dig in for a second week as the nation's No. 1 country song.
Joe Nichols claims the week's highest-charting new album as his Old Things New checks it at No. 15. The remaining first-timers are Lorrie Morgan's A Moment in Time (No. 50), Dolly Parton's Dolly (No. 59) and the Bart Crow Band's Heartworn Tragedy (No. 74).
Leading the new songs is The Band Perry's "Hip to My Heart" (No. 52), followed by Gretchen Wilson's "Work Hard, Play Harder" (No. 56), Bucky Covington's "Gotta Be Somebody" (No. 58), Swift's "Jump Then Fall" (No. 59) and Lee Ann Womack's "There Is a God" (No. 60).
Mica Roberts' "Days You Live For" returns to the chart at No. 57.
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums this period are Tim McGraw's Southern Voice (last week's No. 1), the Zac Brown Band's The Foundation, Lady Antebellum's self-titled debut and Toby Keith's American Ride.
Completing the Top 5 songs list, in descending order, are Brad Paisley's "Welcome to the Future," Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova," Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" and Keith Urban's "Only You Can Love Me This Way."
The CMA Awards Show will air Wednesday (Nov 11) at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Miss it at your peril.