Dixie Chicks Land Five Songs on Singles Chart

Their new album, Home, debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart and the all-genre Billboard 200, but the Dixie Chicks have also created another landslide by placing five songs on the magazine’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

In its first week of release, Home sold 779,828 copies to achieve the best first-week sales ever for a female group in any musical category since SoundScan began tracking retail sales in 1991. Home also sets the record for first-week sales by any female country artist or country group.

Music from Home was immediately embraced by country radio. Although the album’s first single, “Long Time Gone,” drops to No. 9 on the country singles and tracks chart, the current single — Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide” — jumps to No. 24. Other airplay favorites include the album cuts “White Trash Wedding” (a Hotshot Debut at No. 56), “Tortured, Tangled Hearts” (No. 58) and “Travelin Soldier” (No. 59).

In other singles chart news, Tim McGraw ’s “Unbroken” ended Kenny Chesney ’s seven-week streak at No. 1 with “The Good Stuff.” Darryl Worley ’s “I Miss My Friend” enjoys a second week at No. 2, with “The Good Stuff” dropping to No. 3. Tracy Byrd ’s “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” remains at No. 4 and Sara Evans ’ “I Keep Looking” stays at No. 5. Other singles on the rise include Joe Nichols’ “The Impossible” (No. 6), Diamond Rio ’s “Beautiful Mess” (No. 7) and Keith Urban ’s “Somebody Like You” (No. 8). With “Long Time Gone” at No. 9, Alan Jackson closes out the Top 10 with “Work in Progress.”

Aside from the Dixie Chicks, the only act entering the singles chart this week is Hometown News. With “Wheels” rolling in at No. 60, Hometown News continue the mobility theme that began with the debut single, “Minivan.” Rascal Flatts get this week’s Airpower designation for “These Days,” which climbs from No. 21 to No. 19.

The other big news is Montgomery Gentry ’s new album, My Town, which debuts at No. 3 on the country albums chart and No. 26 on the Billboard 200. On the country albums chart, the Dixie Chicks pushed Toby Keith ’s Unleashed to No. 2 following five consecutive weeks at No. 1. Lee Ann Womack ’s Something Worth Leaving Behind dips slightly to No. 4 after entering the country albums chart last week at No. 2. Dropping one notch each are Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (No. 5), Nickel Creek ’s This Side (No. 6) and the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack (No. 7). Diamond Rio’s Completely moves to No. 8 after debuting last week No. 3. Jackson gets Greatest Gainer status with Drive (No. 9) and Martina McBride rounds out the Top 10 with her Greatest Hits collection.

BlackHawk return with their first new album since the death of founding member Van Stephenson. Surviving members Henry Paul and Dave Robbins carry on, with BlackHawk’s Spirit Dancer debuting at No. 37. Sixwire’s self-titled debut album enters the chart at No. 38. The other new album title landing on the chart is Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden, a document of a 1969 concert before a New York City audience.

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.