Jackson’s 11th album, Drive, repeats for the third straight week as the No. 1-selling album on both the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200 chart –- which measures sales across all music genres. The album is reaching sales of 800,000 copies in three weeks, according to SoundScan. It is the first country album to repeatedly top the 200 chart since Garth Brooks ‘ Double Live hit No. 1 on that chart for five straight weeks in late 1999.
Repeating as the No. 2 country album is the soundtrack from O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Brooks’ Scarecrow remains in the No. 3 spot on the country albums chart.
It’s followed by Toby Keith ‘s Pull My Chain at No. 4 and Tim McGraw ‘s Set This Circus Down at No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10, in descending order, are Willie Nelson ‘s The Great Divide, the Coyote Ugly soundtrack, Holy’s ‘ Blue Moon, Rascal Flatts ‘ self-titled debut album and Martina McBride ‘s Greatest Hits.
Hank Williams III ‘s Lovesick, Broke & Driftin’ debuts at No. 17 on the country album chart. The Charlie Daniels Band’s How Sweet the Sound –- 25 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Greats comes onto the chart at No. 59.
Holy’s “Good Morning Beautiful” repeats at No. 1 for the third straight week on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. That’s his first No. 1 single.
Brad Paisley ‘s “Wrapped Around” moves up to No. 2. George Strait ‘s “Run” drops to No. 3, Brooks and Dunn ‘s “The Long Goodbye” slides to No. 4, and “Bring on the Rain” by Jo Dee Messina with McGraw gains a notch to No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 10, in descending order, are McGraw’s “The Cowboy in Me,” Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” McBride’s “Blessed,” Tracy Byrd ‘s “Just Let Me Be in Love” and the Dixie Chicks ‘ “Some Days You Gotta Dance.”
Phil Vassar gets Billboard‘s “airpower” nod for moving inside the Top 20 for the first time in airplay and audience reach. His “That’s When I Love You” moves up to No. 18 from No. 20. Also claiming airpower honors is newcomer Tommy Shane Steiner’s “What If She’s an Angel” at No. 19.
New singles on the chart come from veterans Clint Black and Strait and new artists Brad Martin and Shannon Brown. Black’s “Money or Love” debuts at No. 57 and Strait’s “Living and Living Well” hits at No. 59. Martin’s “Before I Knew Better” is the week’s highest debut at No. 46 and Brown’s “Untangle My Heart” is at No. 60.