Billboard Chart Flash: Week of Jan. 10 – 16

For the last three weeks, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw held the top spots on Billboard’s country charts. However, this week saw the debut of Steel Magnolia’s self-titled debut album which had a great chance to overtake the number one spot on the Country Albums chart while singles by Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney put pressure on Tim’s “Felt Good On My Lips.” Did one of the superstars fall from the top? Find out in this week’s Chart Flash!

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now was able to hold off the first ‘major’ album release of 2011 by selling an additional 35,000 copies to remain number one on the Country Albums chart. Still relishing from the wide release of Country Strong, the movie’s soundtrack moved up a spot to number two with sales of over 28,000 copies. Making their debut this week is Steel Magnolia’s Steel Magnolia which reached 28,300 homes in its first week, good enough to land at number three. Moving down a couple spots to number two is Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party which sold just over 25,000 copies. Rounding out the week’s top five albums is Country Strong: More Music from the Film, which is an extended soundtrack for the film, which moved 15,000 copies to finish at number five.

On the Hot Country Songs chart, Kenny Chesney leaps two spots to the number one position with his recent smash, “Somewhere With You,” which sends Tim McGraw’s “Felt Good on my Lips” down to number two. Keith Urban’s “Put You In A Song” rises up one spot to number three while Carrie Underwood tumbles down two spots to number four with “Mama’s Song.” Rounding out the week’s top five songs is once again Chris Young’s “Voices.”

There is only one debut song this week and that is Randy Montana’s “1,000 Faces” which makes its debut at number 56.

With no new major album releases this week, it’ll be a shocker if Taylor Swift vacates the top album spot so once again we’ll focus mainly on the movement of the singles chart. Can Kenny Chesney make it a multiple week stay at number one or will another song leap up into the top spot? Find out in next week’s Chart Flash.

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