Chicks Safe at Home for Third Week

The Dixie Chicks are safe at Home three weeks after the release of their new album. Home, the trio’s third project for a major label, remains at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200.

The week of Sept. 11 boosted demand for music with patriotic themes, as reflected by sales spikes for Toby Keith ’s Unleashed and Alan Jackson ’s Drive. Unleashed, featuring “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” climbs from No. 11 to No. 5 on the Billboard 200. Drive, which contains “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” makes a phenomenal jump — from No. 57 to No. 15. Additionally, Aaron Tippin’s Stars & Stripes debuts at No. 62 on the Billboard 200.

On the country albums chart, Rebecca Lynn Howard makes an impressive debut at No. 5 with Forgive. Howard also landed at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 to achieve Hot Shot Debut status as the top-charting debut of the week.

Home, Unleashed and Drive (Billboard’s Greatest Gainer for the week) take the top three spots respectively on the country albums chart. Kenny Chesney ’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems dips to No. 4, followed by Forgive at No. 5. The O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack slips to No. 6 and Lee Ann Womack ’s Something Worth Leaving Behind slides to No. 7. Martina McBride ’s Greatest Hits climbs two notches to No. 8, Nickel Creek ’s This Side falls to No. 9 and Stars & Stripes debuts on the country albums chart at No. 10.

Also debuting on the country albums chart: Radney Foster ’s Another Way to Go (at No. 39) and the multi-artist O Sister 2: A Women’s Bluegrass Collection (at No. 61). At No. 41, the week’s Pacesetter award goes to The Best of America, a patriotic collection featuring tracks by LeAnn Rimes , Tim McGraw and Lee Greenwood .

On Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks, Diamond Rio score another No. 1 with “Beautiful Mess.” Tracy Byrd stays seated at No. 2 with “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo,” with Joe Nichols’ “The Impossible” leaping to No. 3 after two weeks at No. 6. Darryl Worley ’s first No. 1 — “I Miss My Friend” — drops to No. 4. On the rise are Keith Urban “Somebody Like You” (No. 5) and Sara Evans ’ “I Keep Looking” (No. 6). Kenny Chesney’s “The Good Stuff” drops to No. 7, Tim McGraw’s “Unbroken” falls to No. 8 and Alan Jackson’s “Work in Progress” holds steady at No. 9. For the second consecutive week, Martina McBride closes out the Top 10 with “Where Would You Be.”

Billboard’s Air Power designations went to the Dixie Chicks “Landslide” (No. 16), Rebecca Lynn Howard’s “Forgive” (No. 19) and Toby Keith’s “Who’s Your Daddy?” (No 20). Trace Adkins scored the country singles chart Hot Shot Debut with the title track of his latest album, “Chrome.” Daryle Singletary debuts at No. 58 with a cover of the Conway Twitty hit, “I’d Love to Lay You Down.”

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