Country Album Chart Takes on a Bluegrass Hue

Alison Krauss’ New Favorite Debuts at No. 3, O Brother Still Tops

Alison Krauss & Union Station continue the bluegrass assault on the Billboard Top Country Album chart as their new CD New Favorite debuts at No. 3. That’s the highest debut ever for a Krauss & Union Station or a Krauss solo album.

Impressively, the album also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Internet Charts -– where it dethroned the current No. 1 Internet album, the soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? New Favorite arrives at No. 35 on the Billboard 200 chart, where O Brother rises to No. 11.

O Brother remains solidly atop the Top Country Albums chart for the 18th week this year. The Coyote Ugly soundtrack stays No. 2, Tim McGraw ’s Set This Circus Down climbs to No. 4 and Lee Ann Womack ’s I Hope You Dance drops to No. 5.

The O Brother spinoff soundtrack album Down From the Mountain moves up on the Top Country Albums chart, from No. 15 to No. 11 and rises to No. 8 on the Internet chart.

Blake Shelton ’s “Austin” remains atop the Hot Country Singles & Tracks and Country Singles Sales charts. Toby Keith and Keith Urban remain at No. 2 and No. 3 on the Hot Country chart with, respectively, “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight” and “Where the Blacktop Ends.” Cyndi Thomson’s “What I Really Meant to Say” (at No. 4) and Jo Dee Messina ’s “Downtime” (at No. 5) each gain a notch.

New singles debuting this week are Brad Paisley ’s “Wrapped Around” at No. 49, Jeffrey Steele’s “Somethin’ in the Water” at No. 51 and Tracy Lawrence ’s “Life Don’t Have to be So Hard” at No. 52.