When Shania Twain gets America’s attention, she gets it good.
“I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” — the first single from Twain’s soon-to-be-released album Up! — debuts this week at No. 24 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. In doing so, she becomes one of only three artists — and the only female — to debut in the top 25 during the 12 years the trade publication has based its charts on monitored radio airplay.
Twain’s achievement places her in an elite club that includes Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson . According to Billboard, Brooks debuted at No. 19 with his 1991 single “The Thunder Rolls” and Alan Jackson debuted at No. 25 in 2001 with “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
Keith Urban , who topped the chart with “But For the Grace of God” in 2001, scores his second No. 1 with “Somebody Like You.” It’s the first single from his album Golden Road, released on Tuesday (Oct. 8). Diamond Rio ’s “Beautiful Mess” falls to No. 2, followed by Martina McBride ’s “Where Would You Be” (climbing to No. 3) and Joe Nichols’ “The Impossible” (falling to No. 4).
Moving up a notch are Alan Jackson’s “Work in Progress” (No. 5) and Phil Vassar ’s “American Child” (No. 6). Dropping from No. 4 to No. 7 is Tracy Byrd ’s “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo.” And on the rise are Montgomery Gentry ’s “My Town” (No. 8), the Dixie Chicks ’ “Landslide” (No. 9) and Rascal Flatts ’ “These Days” (No. 10).
In addition to Twain’s debut, other new singles are Darryl Worley ’s “Family Tree” (No. 53) and Craig Morgan’s “Almost Home” (No. 59). Tritt’s “Strong Enough to Be Your Man” jumps from No. 21 to No. 19 to capture Airpower designation.
ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits remains at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for the second week, but Presley’s “best of” collection is also spending a second week atop the Billboard 200, a chart that includes all music sales. Presley’s performance on the Billboard 200 prevented the Rolling Stones from debuting at No. 1 with their own greatest hits compilation, Forty Licks, which enters the chart at No. 2. The Elvis CD also held the Dixie Chicks’ Home to No. 2 on the country albums chart for the second week. LeAnn Rimes ’ sixth album, Twisted Angel, debuts at No. 3 in country and No. 12 on the Billboard 200.
Toby Keith ’s Unleashed comes in at No. 4, followed by Kenny Chesney ’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems at No. 5. Travis Tritt ’s Strong Enough weighs in at No. 6 after debuting last week at No. 4. The O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack remains strong at No. 7 and Martina McBride’s Greatest Hits is at No. 8. Rounding out the Top 10 are Nickel Creek ’s This Side at No. 9 and Alan Jackson’s Drive at No. 10.
Aside from Rimes, the only other new country album to chart is the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume III. Entering at No. 18, the project features an all-star cast of Vince Gill , Johnny Cash , Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakam , Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Willie Nelson , Emmylou Harris and others. Montgomery Gentry’s My Town climbs two slots to No. 13 to win the Greatest Gainer notation.