Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band Top Albums and Airplay Charts

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Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band Top Albums and Airplay Charts

Published on January 05, 2013 by CMT News

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift‘s Red refuses to budge from the peak of Billboard‘s
country albums chart, an eminence it has enjoyed for 10 continuous weeks.

But on the airplay chart, the Zac
Brown Band
‘s “Goodbye in Her Eyes” replaces last
week’s champ, Justin Moore‘s “Til
My Last Day.”

Credit the Twelve Days of Christmas for the wealth of holiday music still on the Billboard
country charts the final week of 2012.

Every one of the week’s six new songs has a seasonal theme. From Blake
Shelton
we have “There’s a New Kid in Town” with Kelly Clarkson
(No. 44), “The Christmas Song” (No. 52) and “The Very Best Time of the Year” with Trypta-Phunk (No. 54).

From Scotty
McCreery
: “Jingle Bells” (No. 53) and “Let It Snow” (No. 59). And from Hunter
Hayes
: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” (No. 60).

Christmas albums remaining on the chart are Lady
Antebellum
‘s On This Winter’s Night (No. 11), Shelton’s Cheers, It’s Christmas (No. 13), Christmas With
Scotty McCreery
(No. 14) and Willie Nelson‘s The Classic Christmas
Album
(No. 66).

Six albums return to the chart: the self-titled Thomas
Rhett
(No. 59), Rodney AtkinsTake a Back Road (No.
63), Jake Owen‘s Endless Summer EP (No. 67), Jerrod
Niemann
‘s Free the Music (No. 68), Lauren Alaina‘s Wildflower
(No. 71) and the self-titled Edens Edge (No. 75).

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums are Jason
Aldean
‘s Night Train, Carrie Underwood‘s Blown Away,
Florida Georgia Line‘s Here’s to the Good Times and
Little Big Town‘s Tornado.

Following “Goodbye in Her
Eyes” in the Top 5 songs cluster are Moore’s “Til My Last Day,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,”
Kip Moore‘s “Beer
Money”
and Kip Moore‘s “How
Country Feels,”
in that order.

On Dec. 30, 1950 — 62 years ago — a new song entered Billboard‘s country
songs chart. It would eventually spend 12 weeks there, two of them at No. 1, and become a landmark in America’s musical history.

The
song was pop star Patti Page‘s rendition of Pee
Wee King
and Redd Stewart’s “The Tennessee Waltz.”

In a 1981 interview, Page told me that Jerry Wexler — then
a reviewer for Billboard and later a major producer and partner in Atlantic Records — recommended she cut the song
after he heard bandleader Erskine Hawkins’ version.

She took Wexler’s advice and recorded it as the “B” side of a song
she thought would be a big Christmas hit, “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.” The people thought otherwise and in so thinking gave
Page a Christmas gift that lasted for life.

Patti Page died on New Year’s Day at the age of 85.

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