Chicks Roost Atop Charts for Second Week

The Dixie Chicks are again roosting at the top of the charts with their third major label album, Home. According to SoundScan, second-week sales of Home dropped to 367,000 from its debut week total of 779,828 copies.

However, the performance was more than enough to knock rapper Eminem’s The Eminem Show out of the top slot of the Billboard 200 for the second consecutive week. The sales also pushed Home past the platinum mark while keeping it at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

On Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Darryl Worley scores his first No. 1 with “I Miss My Friend.” Tracy Byrd ’s “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” jumps to No. 2 after a two-week stint at No. 4. Kenny Chesney ’s “The Good Stuff” — which spent seven weeks at No. 1 — remains at No. 3 for the second week. Last week’s chart-topper — Tim McGraw ’s “Unbroken” — drops to No. 4. Diamond Rio climbs two spaces to No. 5 with “Beautiful Mess.”

Also on the country singles chart, Joe Nichols’ “The Impossible” spends a second week at No. 6, with Sara Evans ’ “I Keep Looking” dropping two slots to No. 7. Keith Urban ’s stays at No. 8 with “Somebody Like You,” Alan Jackson climbs one notch to No. 9 with “Work in Progress” and Martina McBride jumps from No. 13 to No. 10 with “Where Would You Be.”

McGraw had the strongest debut single of the week with “Red Rag Top.” The first single from his upcoming album, Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors, arrived at No. 34. “Practice Life,” Andy Griggs ’ collaboration with McBride, debuts at No. 55 and newcomer Josh Turner charts his first single with “She’ll Go on You.” The Chicks placed five tracks from Home on last week’s country singles chart, but only two titles are now listed — with “Long Time Gone” falling to No. 13 and the new single, “Landslide,” climbing to No. 22.

After being dislodged him from the uppermost perch of Top Country Albums chart last week, Toby Keith spends a second week at No. 2 with Unleashed. Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems climbs from No. 5 to No. 3. Lee Ann Womack ’s Something Worth Leaving Behind holds steady at No. 4 while the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack bounces back to No. 5 from No. 7. Nickel Creek ’s This Side remains at No. 6, Jackson’s Drive accelerates to No. 7 and Diamond Rio ’s Completely stays at No. 8. After debuting last week at No. 3, Montgomery Gentry ’s My Town dips to No. 9 and McBride’s Greatest Hits remains at No. 10.

On the country albums chart, Pam Tillis scores the Hot Shot Debut with her tribute to her singer-songwriter father, Mel Tillis . It’s All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis enters the chart at No. 54. The only other debut is the Time Life Music compilation, Classic Country: More Great Story Songs, at No. 71. McGraw’s triple-platinum Greatest Hits was the week’s Greatest Gainer, moving from No. 13 to No. 11. The Pacesetter designation goes to Patty LovelessMountain Soul, which soars from No. 54 to No. 41.

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