Those observations sum up the country charts this week. After a surprisingly strong debut for Rascal Flatts ’ Melt, Hill returns to No. 1 on Billboard>’s Top Country Albums chart with Cry. And Urban won’t budge from the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks. The Australian-born singer-songwriter remains at No. 1 for the sixth consecutive week with “Somebody Like You.”
On the country singles chart, Rascal Flatts’ “These Days” moves from No. 3 to No. 2, changing places with the Dixie Chicks “Landslide.” George Strait ’s “She’ll Leave You With a Smile” climbs two slots to No. 4, Montgomery Gentry ’s “My Town” holds steady at No. 5 and Alan Jackson ’s “Work in Progress” slips two positions to No. 6. Toby Keith ’s “Who’s Your Daddy?” remains at No. 7 for a second week while Shania Twain ’s “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” moves from No. 10 to No. 8. Another single with true staying power — Diamond Rio ’s “Beautiful Mess” — falls one spot to No. 9 after 33 weeks on the chart. Tim McGraw ’s “Red Ragtop” rises one position — from No. 11 — to round out the Top 10.
The week’s highest-debuting track is Hill’s “When the Lights Go Down,” the second single from Cry. Other debuts include Diamond Rio’s “I Believe” (at No. 58) and Dolly Parton ’s “Hello God” (at No. 60).
While Hill remains at No. 1 on the country albums chart, the Dixie Chicks’s triple-platinum Home climbs one spot to No. 2. After debuting last week at No. 1, Rascal Flatts’ Melt falls to No. 3. Elvis Presley ’s ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits spends a second week at No. 4, with Keith’s Unleashed climbing one position to No. 5. Jackson’s recent wins at the CMA Awards fueled significant sales of his triple-platinum Drive, which makes the greatest gain of the week by moving from No. 12 to No. 6. Kenny Chesney ’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems remains at No. 7 for a second week. The all-star compilation Totally Country Vol. 2 dips from No. 5 to No. 8. Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Live enters the chart at No. 9 to become the week’s highest-debuting album, although Jackson’s Let It Be Christmas debuts close behind at No. 10.
Other album debuts include Trick Pony ’s On a Mission (at No. 13) and Johnny Cash ’s American IV: The Man Comes Around (at No. 14). Willie Nelson ’s celebrity-packed concert recording, Stars & Guitars, debuts at No. 18, followed by Mark Wills ’ Greatest Hits at No. 19.