The O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and Alan Jackson ’s Drive continue their one-two punch atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. O Brother drops to No. 3 from No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, while Drive slides from No. 3 to No. 6 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 the Coyote Ugly soundtrack climbs to No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10 are Toby Keith ’s Pull My Chain, Tim McGraw ’s Set This Circus Down, Martina McBride ’s Greatest Hits, Garth Brooks ’ Scarecrow and Alison Krauss & Union Station’s New Favorite.
Interestingly, mirroring a trend on the pop charts, an even dozen various artists’ albums — both soundtracks and anthologies — are charting well. The newest such work enters the album chart at No. 73. Brewed in Texas: Handcrafted Fine Texas Music, on the Compadre label, includes songs by artists including Cory Morrow, Jerry Jeff Walker, Wayne Hancock, Slaid Cleaves and former Lonestar co-lead singer John Rich.
McBride repeats at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart with “Blessed.” She’s facing tight competition from Chris Cagle , whose “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out” is in a very close second spot.
McGraw’s “The Cowboy in Me” drops to No. 3, Keith’s “My List” is No. 4 and Kenny Chesney ’s “Young” stays at No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10 are Rascal Flatts’ “I’m Movin’ On,” Brooks & Dunn ’s “The Long Goodbye,” Tommy Shane Steiner’s “What If She’s an Angel,” Phil Vassar ’s “That’s When I Love You” and Jackson’s “Drive (For Daddy Gene).”
Billboard’s Airpower nod for a single that has entered the Top 20 goes to George Strait ’s “Living and Living Well,” which rises to No. 19. The Hot Shot Debut nod goes to Brett James’ “Chasin’ Amy” at No. 46. Other single debuts are McBride & The Ride’s “Anything That Touches You” at No. 50, Joe Diffie ’s “This Pretender” at No. 52, Gabbie Nolen’s “Almost There” at No. 57 and Tracy Byrd ’s “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” at No. 59. The Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” which was re-serviced to country radio, climbs to No. 39 — its highest chart position to date.