The Dixie Chicks ’ surprise drop of a new single at country radio on May 23 is resulting in immediate chart success. “Long Time Gone” debuts at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The Chicks’ previous three singles had all debuted in the 50s positions on the chart.
Alan Jackson repeats for the third straight week atop the chart with “Drive (For Daddy Gene).” George Strait ’s “Living and Living Well” moves up a notch to No. 2. Steve Azar ’s “I Don’t Have to Be Me (’Til Monday)” drops a rung to No. 3. Brad Paisley ’s “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” climbs to No. 4 from No. 7 and Emerson Drive’s “I Should Be Sleeping” holds at No. 5 -– its highest position yet.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Tommy Shane Steiner’s “What if She’s an Angel,” Lonestar ’s “Not a Day Goes By,” Toby Keith ’s “My List,” Carolyn Dawn Johnson ’s “I Don’t Want You to Go” and Gary Allan ’s “The One.”
Kenny Chesney ’s “The Good Stuff,” in rising to No. 16 from No. 23, earns Billboard’s Airpower nod. Other singles debuting this week are BlackHawk ’s “One Night in New Orleans” at No. 56, Montgomery Gentry ’s “My Town” at No. 57 and Alabama ’s “I’m in the Mood” at No. 59.
Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems holds on to its No. 1 spot for the fifth straight week on the Top Country Albums chart, and the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack remains at No. 2. Despite a significant sales bump from his ACM Awards appearance, Jackson’s Drive stays at No. 3. Paisley’s Part II moves up a spot to No. 4 and Keith’s Pull My Chain likewise advances one notch to No. 5.
Other albums benefiting from a post-ACM Awards sales bounce include Martina McBride ’s Greatest Hits and Brooks & Dunn ’s Steers & Stripes — which both return to the Top 10 -– and Hank Williams Jr. ’s Almeria Club, which streaks to No. 29 from No. 62.
New group Emerson Drive’s self-titled first album debuts at No. 13 and Mark Chesnutt ’s eponymous latest CD lands at No. 23. Other albums debuting are the Flatlanders ’ Now Again at No. 36, Hayseed Dixie’s A Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love at No. 39 and Little Big Town’s self-titled first CD at No. 40. After Ronnie Milsap received the Pioneer Award at the ACM Awards, his 40 No. 1 Hits returns to the album chart at No. 71.