2010 CMA Awards Echo On Country Songs

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The two hosts, and a legendary performer, translate their exposure on the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards (Nov. 10) into their latest successes on Billboard's Country Songs chart.

'ME': After winning his first coveted CMA Entertainer of the Year title, co-host Brad Paisley notches his 16th No. 1 on Country Songs, as "Anything Like Me" rises 2-1.

Dating to his first week at the summit the week of Dec. 11, 1999, with "He Didn't Have to Be," Paisley matches Toby Keith for most Country Songs leaders in that span.

"As I stood on the stage at the CMAs clutching a glass trophy and fighting back tears, it occurred to me why I am so proud to do this for a living," Paisley says.

"See, country music is unique. It is not afraid to deal head-on with subjects like disease, death, religion, drinking, family or anything else that qualifies as life.

"As its recording artists, we there in song at the most impactful moments of our fans' lives.

"It is the soundtrack to my life, and probably yours."

'MAMA': Paisley's fellow CMA Awards co-host, Carrie Underwood, concurrently reaches the Country Songs top 10, as "Mama's Song," which she performed in between her emcee responsibilities, advances 11-9.

The song is the fourth top 10 from Underwood's third album, "Play On," following the No. 1s "Cowboy Casanova," "Temporary Home" and "Undo It."

With her having banked four Country Songs top 10s from her debut album "Some Hearts" and five from sophomore set "Carnival Ride," Underwood is the first female artist to collect at least four top 10s from each of her first three albums since the chart converted to Nielsen BDS monitored airplay data in 1990.

In that period, five other acts have begun with similar success. Alan Jackson amassed four or more top 10s from each of his first six albums; Brooks & Dunn and Rascal Flatts tallied at least four from each of their first five efforts; and, Garth Brooks and Tracy Lawrence each ascended to the top 10 at least four times from each of their first three albums.

'DAUGHTER': Honored at the CMA Awards for more than 50 years of shaping country music, Loretta Lynn makes her first visit to Country Songs since 2000, as an update of her classic "Coal Miner's Daughter" bows at No. 55.

The new version, featuring Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert, appears on "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn," which debuted on Country Albums last week at No. 14.

Lynn had last appeared on Country Songs with "Country in My Genes," which reached No. 72 in 2000. In her only other chart visit since 1988, she reached No. 68 with "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," with Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette, in 1994.

Lynn originally sent "Coal Miner's Daughter" to No. 1 on Country Songs the week of Oct. 31, 1970. Sissy Spacek's cover, which climbed to No. 24 in 1980, accompanied the movie of the same name, for which Spacek won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the iconic singer.

Spacek joined Lynn on-stage at the CMA Awards, while Crow and Lambert sang "Coal Miner's Daughter" with Lynn, who broke barriers in 1972 when she was crowned the CMA's first female Entertainer of the Year.


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