The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" has finally ascended to the peak of Billboard's country songs chart after a 29-week climb.
It's the first No. 1 for siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry and also the first for Republic Nashville, a new label launched as a partnership between Universal Republic and Nashville-based Big Machine Records. The trio had even more to celebrate this week when Kimberly Perry was nominated in the best country song category for writing the hit.
Meanwhile, after a brief tour of the lower floors, Taylor Swift's Speak Now is back on the top level again as America's best-selling country album. This week, fans and gift-purchasers bought 240,530 copies of the CD, according to Nielsen SoundScan, running up total sales to almost 2 million units in the five weeks the album has been out. Speak Now experienced a big jump from last week's sales, which amounted to a mere 146,358 copies.
Alan Jackson claims the highest-charting new album. His 34 Number Ones checks in at No. 7 on sales of 32,273.
Also bowing in for the first time is Mandy Barnett's Winter Wonderland, landing at No. 56.
The week's new songs are Josh Thompson's "Won't Be Lonely Long" (No. 56), Jackson's "Ring of Fire" (No. 57), Blake Wise's "I've Got This Feeling" (No. 59) and Lady Antebellum's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (No. 60).
There are no returning albums or songs to report.
Trailing directly behind Speak Now is Rascal Flatts' Nothing Like This (last week's No. 1), followed in order by Keith Urban's Get Closer, Sugarland's The Incredible Machine and Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Brad Paisley's "Anything Like Me" (last week's No. 1), the Zac Brown Band's "As She's Walking Away" (featuring Alan Jackson), Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait" and Aldean's "My Kinda Party."
It's time now to start making your Grammy bets.