Like a runaway downhill train, the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack is seemingly unstoppable. Despite a sales dip of some six percent — which dropped the CD’s sales to 149,000 copies last week according to SoundScan — the soundtrack continues to dominate the Billboard pop and country album charts.
O Brother topped The Billboard 200 for the second straight week. Alan Jackson ’s Drive, continuing to enjoy sales spiked by Jackson’s performance of “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” on the Grammy awards show, jumped two places to No. 3 on the 200 chart. The two albums are separated by the No. 2 debut of B2K’s self-titled debut.
O Brother and Drive continue as a one-two punch on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, which remains little changed from last week. The Totally Country: 17 New Chart-Topping Hits anthology remains at No. 3, Rascal Flatts ’ self-titled debut album is No. 4, and Toby Keith ’s Pull My Chain is No. 5. Lorrie Morgan ’s The Color of Roses debuts at No. 37.
McBride vaults to the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Her “Blessed” demotes Brooks & Dunn ’s “The Long Goodbye” to No. 3. McGraw’s “The Cowboy in Me” remains at No. 2. Chris Cagle ’s “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out” is No. 4 and Kenny Chesney ’s “Young” is No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 10 singles are Keith’s “My List”; Rascal Flatts’ “I’m Movin’ On”; “Bring on the Rain” by Jo Dee Messina with McGraw; “Some Days You Gotta Dance” by the Dixie Chicks ; and “What If She’s an Angel” by Tommy Shane Steiner — making its first entry into the Top 10.
The Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” — rejuvenated by a Grammy performance and a new promotional push — re-enters the chart at No. 41, its highest chart position to date. Debuting this week are Kenny Rogers ’ “Harder Cards” at No. 53, George Jones ’ “50,000 Names” at No. 55 and Blake Shelton’s “Ol’ Red” at No. 60.