While Toby Keith adds another No. 1 single to his string of hits, Shania Twain and Tim McGraw stand tall at the highest reaches of the album charts. Even Mariah Carey’s high-pressure media attack couldn’t budge Twain and McGraw from the top of the Billboard 200, a chart that tallies sales of all forms of music.
After hovering for several weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks, Keith tops the chart this week with “Who’s Your Daddy?” Twain sold 317,000 copies of her double-CD Up! to qualify for a third straight week at No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 and the trade publication’s Top Country Albums chart. Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors sold 251,000 units to hang onto the No. 2 position on both charts for the second consecutive week. In comparison, Carey’s new album, Charmbracelet, sold 241,000 copies to debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
With Keith topping the country singles chart, George Strait climbs one notch to land at No. 2 with “She’ll Leave You With a Smile.” Rascal Flatts ’ “These Days” drops from No. 1 to No. 3. Climbing three spots to No. 4 is Mark Wills ’ “19 Somethin'” and moving up one position to No. 5 is McGraw’s “Red Ragtop.” Keith Urban ’s “Somebody Like You” drops one notch to No. 6 and the Dixie Chicks “Landslide” slides three slots to No. 7. Emerson Drive’s “Fall Into Me” remains at No. 8. Climbing one number each are Kenny Chesney ’s “A Lot of Things Different” (to No. 9) and Terri Clark ’s “I Just Wanna Be Mad” (to No. 10).
Country singles making their chart debut this week are Alan Jackson ’s “That’d Be Alright” and Aaron Tippin ’s “Love Like There’s No Tomorrow,” the latter featuring Tippin’s wife, Thea. Jackson arrives at No. 53 and the Tippin collaboration debuts at No. 55.
Twain and McGraw top the country albums chart, but the Dixie Chicks’ triple platinum Home continues to do big business as it bounces back to No. 3 after one week at No. 5. Falling one position each are Faith Hill ’s Cry (to No. 4) and Elvis Presley ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits (to No. 5). Jackson’s Let It Be Christmas got a sales surge, moving from No. 8 to No. 6. Falling one position each are Keith’s Unleashed (No. 7) and Rascal Flatts’ Melt (to No. 8). Two acts swapped places on the country albums chart, with Jackson’s Drive landing at No. 9 and Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems settling in at No. 10.
Elsewhere on the country albums chart, Patty Loveless saw a significant sales increase for her holiday project, Bluegrass & White Snow, which moves to No. 21 from No. 44. A multi-artist acoustic compilation — Christmas on the Mountain (A Bluegrass Christmas) — debuts at No. 67.