Chicks and Wills Enjoying Chart Gridlock

It’s gridlock again at the top of the country charts where the Dixie Chicks and Mark Wills are safely nestled for another week. It’s not surprising for the Chicks’ album, Home, to spend another four consecutive weeks at No. 1. However, in the more volatile world of the singles chart, Wills has gotten everyone’s attention by keeping “19 Somethin’” at the top spot for five weeks in a row.

With “19 Somethin’” at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks, several artists are racking up increases in radio airplay. They include Blake Shelton (who remains at No. 2 with “The Baby”) and Terri Clark (who climbs to No. 3 from No. 5 with “I Just Wanna Be Mad”). Emerson Drive’s “Fall Into Me” slips one position to No. 4, Aaron Lines ’ “You Can’t Hide Beautiful” climbs one notch to No. 5 and George Strait ’s “She’ll Leave You With a Smile” falls two slots to No. 6. Gary Allan stays at No. 7 with “Man to Man,” Brad Paisley jumps two positions to No. 8 with “I Wish You’d Stay” and Rascal Flatts hold steady at No. 9 with “These Days.” Toby Keith ’s “Who’s Your Daddy?” rounds out the Top 10 after slipping from No. 8.

John Michael Montgomery has the week’s highest-debuting single with “Country Thang” charting at No. 53. Also charting this week are Steve Holy ’s “Rock-a-Bye Heart” (No. 55), Anthony Smith’s “Half a Man” (No. 56) and DreamWorks Records newcomer Jimmy Wayne’s “Stay Gone” (No. 58).

It’s gridlock, too, in the upper reaches of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In addition to the Chicks staying at No. 1, other titles holding steady include Shania Twain ’s Up! (No. 2), Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (No. 3) and Elvis Presley ’s ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits (No. 4). Climbing one notch each are Faith Hill ’s Cry (No. 5), Kenny Chesney ’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (No. 6) and Keith’s Unleashed (No. 7). Clark’s Pain to Kill slides three positions to No. 8, with Rascal Flatts’ Melt remaining at No. 9 and Martina McBride ’s Greatest Hits spending a second week at No. 10.

The week’s highest album debut is Clint Black ’s Super Hits, a budget-priced compilation. Alabama ’s two-CD compilation, In the Mood: Love Songs, isn’t officially set for release until Tuesday (Feb. 4). However, early sales resulted in the band debuting at No. 69 on this week’s country albums chart. Cross Canadian Ragweed’s self-titled major label debut album also debuts at No. 70.

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