Wills and Chicks Continue Chart Reign

With inspiration from Farrah Fawcett and Daisy Duke, Mark Wills remains at the top of the country singles chart for a fourth consecutive week. Of course, the inspiration is also paying off for Chris DuBois and David Lee, the two Nashville tunesmiths who wrote Wills’ “19 Somethin’.”

Meanwhile, Terri Clark makes her presence known on Billboard’s Top Country Albums with Pain to Kill. Clark’s latest project debuted last week at No. 72 with less than a full week of sales. Pain to Kill soars to No. 5 on this week’s chart.

With Wills topping Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks, Blake Shelton climbs two positions to rock “The Baby” to No. 2. Emerson Drive’s “Fall Into Me” remains at No. 3, and George Strait ’s “She’ll Leave You With a Smile” falls to No. 4 from No. 2. Singles on the rise include Clark’s “I Just Wanna Be Mad” (up two notches to No. 5), Aaron Lines ’ “You Can’t Hide Beautiful” (rising two slots to No. 6) and Gary Allan ’s “Man to Man” (jumping to No. 7 from No. 10). On the way down are Toby Keith ’s “Who’s Your Daddy?” (dipping two slots to No. 8) and Rascal Flatts ’ “These Days” (falling four positions to No. 9). Brad Paisley ’s “I Wish You’d Stay” climbs to No. 10 after spending two weeks at No. 13.

Newcomer Jamie Lee Thurston has the only country single debuting this week. The Vermont native’s “It Can All Be Gone” charts at No. 59.

On the country albums chart, the Dixie Chicks remain on top with their quadruple-platinum Home and Shania Twain stays at No. 2 with Up! Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors climbs one notch to No. 3, and Elvis Presley ’s ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits slips one position to land at No. 4. With Clark at No. 5, Faith Hill ’s Cry falls one position to No. 6, and Kenny Chesney ’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems spends another week at No. 7. Toby Keith ’s Unleashed dips two notches to No. 8, and Rascal Flatts’ Melt slips one post to No. 9. Martina McBride returns to the Top 10 with her Greatest Hits collection.

No new country albums made their chart debut, but it was a strong week for Montgomery Gentry . Significant sales growth was reported for the duo’s latest album, My Town, which jumps to No. 23 from No. 28. The duo’s previous project, Carrying On, returns to the charts (at No. 55) some 80 weeks after its release.

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.