Kenny Chesney Churns the Charts

Kenny Chesney makes personal history as his new No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems CD lands squarely atop both The Billboard 200 and the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. With sales topping 235,000 copies, according to SoundScan, it easily eclipsed the No. 2 album on the all-genre 200 chart, Ashanti. It’s Chesney’s first pop success and it marks only the eigth time that a country artist has debuted at No. 1 on the 200 chart. Also on the 200 chart, sometime alt-country group Wilco’s new Yankee Hotel Foxtrotdebuts at No. 13.

Interest in Chesney has also returned his Greatest Hits CD to the No. 10 spot on the album chart. Chesney knocks the soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? down to No. 2 on the country albums chart after its 32nd non-consecutive week at No. 1. Alan Jackson ’s Drive drops a spot to No. 3. Rascal Flatts likewise slides to No. 4. And Brad Paisley II drops to No. 5. Filling out the Top 10 are Toby Keith ’s Pull My Chain, Totally Country: 17 New Chart-Topping Hits, Tim McGraw ’s Set This Circus Down, McGraw’s Greatest Hits and Chesney’s Greatest Hits.

Kevin Denney’s self-titled first album debuts at No. 14. RCA Country Legends: Waylon Jennings, which climbs to No. 49 from No. 63, gets Billboard’s Pacesetter nod.

Keith gets his fourth No. 1 week in a row atop the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. “My List” is his eighth No. 1 hit. Jackson’s “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” remains at No. 2. Tommy Shane Steiner’s “What If She’s an Angel” advances one notch to No. 3. Chesney’s “Young” drops a spot to No. 4. And Steve Azar gets his first Top 5 hit with “I Don’t Have to Be Me (’Til Monday),” which climbs two rungs to No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10 are Phil Vassar ’s “That’s When I Love You,” Rascal Flatts ’ “I’m Movin’ On,” George Strait ’s “Living and Living Well,” Travis Tritt ’s “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” and Emerson Drive’s “I Should Be Sleeping.”

“When You Lie Next to Me” by Kellie Coffey gets Billboard’s Airpower nod in climbing to No. 20. Singles debuting this week are Martina McBride ’s “Where Would You Be” at No. 45, Rebecca Lynn Howard ’s “Forgive” at No. 56, Jo Dee Messina ’s “Dare to Dream” at No. 59 and Chesney’s “Live Those Songs” at No. 60.