Aaron Lines Enjoys Big Chart Week

Mark Wills and the Dixie Chicks remain at the top of the charts, but this week’s biggest newsmaker is Aaron Lines . The Canadian newcomer suddenly finds himself in the Top 10 of the country singles and country albums charts.

Lines’ debut album Living Out Loud sold almost 13,000 copies during its first week of release to enter Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart at No. 9 as the highest-debuting album of the week. Lines’ debut single, “You Can’t Hide Beautiful,” climbs two notches to No. 8 during its second week in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

The uppermost positions on the country singles chart remain the same for a second week, with Wills’ “19 Somethin’” at No. 1, George Strait ’s “She’ll Leave You With a Smile” at No. 2 and Emerson Drive’s “Fall Into Me” at No. 3. Blake Shelton ’s “The Baby” climbs two slots to No. 4, Rascal Flatts ’ “These Days” stays at No. 5 and Toby Keith ’s “Who’s Your Daddy” slips two spots to No. 6. Terri Clark ’s “I Just Wanna Be Mad” remains at No. 7 for a third week, followed by Lines — who climbs two slots to No. 8. Kenny Chesney ’s “A Lot of Things Different” drops one position to No. 9, with Gary Allan ’s “Man to Man” rounding out the Top 10 after moving from No. 12.

Country veteran Sammy Kershaw has the week’s highest-debuting single with “I Want My Money Back” charting at No. 55. It’s Kershaw’s first single with a new label (Audium) and producer (Richard Landis). Travis Tritt debuts at No. 56 with “Country Ain’t Country” and also makes a guest appearance on the Charlie Daniels Band ’s “Southern Boy” which debuts at No. 58. Rascal Flatts’ “Love You Out Loud” debuts at No. 59.

Aside from Lines’ debut, very little changes in the Top 10 Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In fact, the Top 8 titles are the same as last week: The Dixie Chicks’ Home (No. 1), Shania Twain ’s Up! (No. 2), Elvis Presley ’s ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits (No.3 ), Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (No. 4), Faith Hill ’s Cry (No. 5), Toby Keith’s Unleashed (No. 6), Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (No. 7) and Rascal Flatts’ Melt (No. 8). With Lines at No. 9, Alan Jackson ’s Drive falls one notch to No. 10.

Debuting this week at No. 45 is The Time-Life Treasury of Bluegrass: America’s Music, the latest in the popular series of compilations. Although Terri Clark ’s Pain to Kill was not officially released until Jan. 14, enough copies showed up early on retail shelves for the title to debut at No. 72. Look for Clark’s chart action to be more impressive next week.

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