Billboard Chart Flash: Week of Dec. 13 – 19

With Christmas shopping hitting its peak this week, we saw a big increase in album sales but no one was able to outsell Taylor Swift’s Speak Now. However, on the Hot Country Songs chart, we do have a new number one song in the country. Find out who replaced Rascal Flatts’ “Why Wait” in this week’s Chart Flash.

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now sold an additional 250,000 copies this week to remain number one on the Country Albums chart and it also reclaimed the top spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. The album’s total rises to 2.6 million copies in just eight weeks. Following Taylor is Rascal Flatts’ latest album, Nothing Like This, while Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party stays put at number three. Rising up one spot to number four is Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine while Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now rounds out the top five selling albums at number five. (Note: Need You Now reached the 2,995,000 mark and will pass the 3 million mark next week)

Over on the Hot Country Songs chart, Reba McEntire’s “Turn on the Radio” blasts into the number one spot. 2010 saw Reba begin the year with a number one single (“Consider Me Gone”) and she’ll end the year with her second number one single of 2010. Following Reba is Jason Aldean with his smash, “My Kinda Party.” Jumping up two spots to number three is Tim McGraw with his latest single, “Felt Good on my Lips.” Holding strong at number four is Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song” while Kenny Chesney’s “Somewhere With You” rounds out the top five songs in the country.

This week saw four songs make their debut on the chart. Leading the way is Lady Antebellum with one of their Christmas songs, “Blue Christmas,” which comes in at number 54. Following Lady A are: Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather” (no. 56), Steel Magnolia’s “Last Night Again” (no. 59), and Lady A’s “Silver Bells” (no. 60).

Early numbers are showing little movement on the Country Albums chart so once again, all eyes will be on the Hot Country Songs chart as Jason Aldean could score his second number one single of the year and fifth of his career while Reba looks to extend her reign to two weeks atop the chart. Find out who’ll win the battle for number one in next week’s Chart Flash!

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