Martina McBride takes the spotlight this week as Shine debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's country albums chart. Meanwhile, Darius Rucker's "It Won't Be Like This for Long" settles in for its third straight week as the nation's most-played country song.
McBride's surge drops Taylor Swift's Fearless into the No. 2 slot, the first time that album has lost its front-running status since it came out 20 weeks ago. Don't weep for Swift, however. McBride outsold her by fewer than 2,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Thus, it's quite likely that the steady-selling Swift will soon reclaim the summit.
Two more new albums land within this week's Top 5: John Rich's Son of a Preacher Man (No. 3) and Eric Church's Carolina (No. 4). Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride completes the royal cluster at No. 5.
The week's fourth and final new album is Bad Magick: The Best of Shooter Jennings and the 357's. It arrives at No. 52.
Returning to the albums chart are Dolly Parton's Backwoods Barbie (No. 9) and Tim McGraw's Let It Go (No. 72).
Only two new titles pop up on the songs chart: Kenny Chesney's "Out Last Night," which rockets in at a sparkling No. 25, and Mark Chesnutt's "She Never Got Me Over You," bowing at No. 60.
The Top 5 country songs are ranked exactly the same as they were last week. Following Rucker's tune, in descending order, are Swift's "White Horse," George Strait's "River of Love," Jake Owen's "Don't Think I Can't Love You" and Rodney Atkins' "It's America."
So how does it feel being a witness to history?