Kenny Chesney Priming for Top Album Spot

The soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? is No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the 32nd week but that should change drastically next week. Early indications are that Kenny Chesney ’s new album is selling very strongly and will debut at the top spot next week on the chart.

Chesney’s publicist says that a million copies of No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems should be shipped by week’s end. First-week sales are expected to be in at least the 200,000 range. If so, it may also debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 overall chart.

Alan Jackson ’s Drive stays at No. 2 on the country chart, Rascal Flatts remains No. 3 and Brad Paisley ’s Part II jumps to No. 4 from No. 10, after 47 weeks on the chart. It had previously risen as high as No. 3. Totally Country: 17 New Chart-Topping Hits drops a slot to No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10 are Toby Keith ’s Pull My Chain, Tim McGraw ’s Set This Circus Down, the Coyote Ugly soundtrack, Travis Tritt ’s Down the Road I Go and McGraw’s Greatest Hits.

Steve Azar debuts at No. 29 with his new album Waitin’ on Joe.

On the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Jackson is positioned to overtake Keith’s No. 1 run. Keith’s “My List” is No. 1 for the third straight week, but Jackson’s “Drive (For Daddy Gene)’ is a very strong No. 2. Chesney’s “Young” drops a rung to No. 3, Tommy Shane Steiner’s “What If She’s an Angel” cracks the Top 5 at No. 4 and Phil Vassar ’s “That’s When I Love You” slides to No. 5.

Filling out the Top 10 are Rascal Flatts ’ “I’m Movin’ On,” Azar’s “I Don’t Have to Be Me (’Til Monday),” Tritt’s “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” George Strait ’s “Living and Living Well” and Emerson Drive’s “I Should Be Sleeping.”

Singles debuting this week are Chesney’s “The Good Stuff” at No. 53, Vassar’s “American Child” at No. 55, Sawyer Brown ’s “Can You Hear Me Now” at No. 57, the Clark Family Experience’s “Going Away” at No. 58 and Chris Cagle ’s “Country by the Grace of God” at No. 60.