After 63 total weeks on the charts, the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack finally gets the big prize. After SoundScan sales this week of 159,000 copies following the Grammy awards show, O Brother finally hits No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The last time a bluegrass-oriented album held that spot was in 1973 when Dueling Banjos by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel hit No. 1. That album was also spawned by a motion picture, Deliverance.
O Brother remains No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart — a spot it has now held for 28 non-consecutive weeks. The album has also been certified quintuple platinum, meaning 5 million copies have been shipped. Alan Jackson ’s Drive CD remains at No. 2 on the country album chart. Drive is at No. 5 on the 200 chart.
On the country album chart, Totally Country: 17 New Chart-Topping Country Hits remains at No. 3, Rascal Flatts’ self-titled debut album stays at No. 4 and Tim McGraw
’s Set This Circus Down is at No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Toby Keith ’s Pull My Chain, Garth Brooks ’ Scarecrow, the Coyote Ugly soundtrack, Alison Krauss & Union Station’s New Favorite and Steve Holy’s Blue Moon. Billboard’s Greatest Gainer nod goes to the We Were Soldiers soundtrack album, which jumps to No. 14 from No. 26.
Brooks & Dunn take over the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Their song “The Long Goodbye” knocks McGraw’s “The Cowboy in Me” down to No. 2. Martina McBride ’s “Blessed” climbs to No. 3, “Bring on the Rain” by Jo Dee Messina with McGraw slides to No. 4 and Kenny Chesney ’s “Young” goes up to No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 10 singles are Chris Cagle ’s “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” the Dixie Chicks ’ “Some Days You Gotta Dance,” Keith’s “My List,” Rascal Flatts ’ “I’m Movin’ On” and Holy’s “Good Morning Beautiful.”
Fast-rising singles earning Billboard’s Airpower nods are Emerson Drive’s “I Should Be Sleeping” at No. 17, Steve Azar’s “I Don’t Have to Be Me (’Til Monday)” at No. 18 and Carolyn Dawn Johnson
’s “I Don’t Want You to Go” at No. 20. Getting Billboard’s Hot Shot Debut honor is Darryl Worley
’s “I Miss My Friend” which comes on the chart at No. 51.
Also debuting this week is Joe Nichols’ “The Impossible” at No. 56.