Womack and Diamond Rio Debut in Top 10

Strong debuts by Lee Ann Womack and Diamond Rio still couldn’t knock Toby Keith from the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Womack’s Something Worth Leaving Behind enters the chart at No. 2, and Diamond Rio’s Completely follows closely at No. 3.

Keith is spending a fifth week at No. 1 with his new album, Unleashed, but that run at the top is almost certain to end next week — the first time sales numbers are tallied for the Dixie Chicks ’ just-released Home. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney hasn’t left the top slot on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, with “The Good Stuff” remaining at No. 1 for the seventh consecutive week.

Something Worth Leaving Behind follows up Womack’s triple-platinum I Hope You Dance and Completely is the follow-up to Diamond Rio’s One More Day. The title tracks from One More Day and I Hope You Dance widened both acts’ audiences after becoming hits at Adult Contemporary radio. Womack’s new album debuts at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart that includes all styles of music. Completely debuts at No. 23 on the Billboard 200.

The arrival of Womack and Diamond Rio resulted in lower chart positions for the rest of the Top 10. Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt No Problems falls from No. 3 to No. 4, with Nickel Creek ’s This Side slipping from No. 2 to No. 5 during its second week in stores. The O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack slides from No. 4 to No. 6. Alan Jackson ’s Drive moves from No. 5 to No. 7. After two weeks at No. 6, Martina McBride ’s Greatest Hits dips to No. 8, with Darryl Worley ’s I Miss My Friend moving from No. 7 to No. 9. Ironically, Chesney’s double-platinum Greatest Hits falls from No. 9 to No. 10 while achieving Greatest Gainer status for the week.

Elsewhere on the country album chart, Anthony Smith enters the listings at No. 26 with his debut album, If That Ain’t Country. Texas favorite Kelly Willis debuts at No. 29 with Easy, and the Clark Family Experience’s long-awaited self-titled debut album debuts at No. 68. Billboard gives its Pacesetter designation to Tift Merritt’s Bramble Rose.

On Billboard’s country singles chart, Keith Urban ’s “Somebody Like You” jumps from No. 11 to No. 9 as the only new arrival in the Top 10. With “The Good Stuff” dominating the No. 1 position, Worley’s “I Miss My Friend” jumps to No. 2 from No. 4, with Tim McGraw ’s “Unbroken” remaining at No. 3. Tracy Byrd ’s “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” climbs to No. 4 and Sara Evans ’ “I Keep Looking” rises to No. 5. The Dixie Chicks’ “Long Time Gone” drops to No. 6, but the trio just released the new single, “Landslide,” which shows up at No. 32 to be the week’s highest debut.

Rounding out the Top 10 singles, Joe Nichols’ “The Impossible” climbs to No. 7, Diamond Rio “Beautiful Mess” rises to No. 8, and Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (The Angry American)” drops to No. 10. Other debuts this week include George Strait ’s “She’ll Leave You With a Smile” at No. 38, Brooks & Dunn ’s “Every River” at No. 54, Steve Holy ’s “I’m Not Breakin'” at No. 56 and newcomer Holly Lamar’s “These Are the Days” at No. 59.

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.