Living up to its title, Sara Evans' Stronger continues its second week atop the Billboard country albums chart. Meanwhile, Billy Currington's "Let Me Down Easy" shoulders aside the competition to seize the No. 1 song spot.
No new albums enter the chart this reporting period, but there are four first-time songs: Martina McBride's "Teenage Daughters" (clocking in at No. 40), newcomer Bradley Gaskin's "Mr. Bartender" (No. 51), Luke Bryan's "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" (No. 52) and Kip Moore's "Mary Was the Marrying Kind" (No. 58).
Albums making a comeback this week are Blake Shelton's Hillbilly Bone (No. 65), Tim McGraw's Southern Voice (No. 67), Guy Penrod's Breathe Deep (No. 70) and Josh Thompson's Way Out Here (No. 71).
Rounding out the Top 5 albums list, in descending order, are Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party, Rascal Flatts' Nothing Like This, the Zac Brown Band's You Get What You Give and Lady Antebellum's Need You Now.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs include Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's "Don't You Wanna Stay" (the reigning champ for three weeks), Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," the Zac Brown Band's "Colder Weather" and Darius Rucker's "This."
Sifting through each week's charts for news can produce alarming side effects. For example, it might lead you to start fusing song titles together for comic effects.
Thus, pairing Reba's and Josh Turner's current hits gives you "If I Were a Boy I Wouldn't Be a Man." Combine Martina McBride's and Josh Thompson's new titles and you get "Teenage Daughters Won't Be Lonely Long."
Of course, you can really go wild and attempt a foursome, as with the Little Big Town-Frankie Ballard-Taylor Swift-Easton Corbin mashup: "The Reason Why a Buncha Girls Mean I Can't Love You Back."
You get the idea. In Nashville, we call it co-writing. Give it a shot.