Charts: Chicks Demonstrate Upward Mobility

With Home winning four Grammys this past Sunday (Feb. 23), the Dixie Chicks retain the top position on this week’s country albums chart while their timely single, “Travelin’ Soldier,” gains significant ground on the singles chart.

Blake Shelton ’s “The Baby” enjoys a third consecutive week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks, but “Travelin’ Soldier” makes a four-position jump to No. 2. Gary Allan ’s “Man to Man” climbs one slot to No. 3. Sliding down two spots each are Mark Wills ’ “19 Somethin’” (to No. 4) and Terri Clark ’s “I Just Wanna Be Mad” (to No. 5). Aaron Lines ’ “You Can’t Hide Beautiful” falls one notch to No. 6, with Joe Nichols ’ “Brokenheartsville” remaining at No. 7. Two Arista Nashville labelmates swap places on the chart, with Alan Jackson ’s “That’d Be Alright” landing at No. 8 and Brad Paisley ’s “I Wish You’d Stay” settling at No. 9. Kenny Chesney ’s “Big Star” shoots from No. 12 to round out the Top 10.

Darryl Worley has the highest-debuting single of the week, appearing at No. 41 with the patriotic “Have You Forgotten?” After a notable absence from the country singles chart, Garth Brooks debuts at No. 44 with “Why Ain’t I Running,” a track from his 2001 album, Scarecrow. Newcomer Amy Dalley debuts at No. 49 with “Love’s Got an Attitude (It Is What It Is).” LeAnn Rimes ’ “Suddenly” enters the chart at No. 54, and Johnny Cash ’s version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” debuts at No. 56. Another newcomer, Brian McComas, debuts at No. 59 with “99.9% Sure (I’ve Never Been Here Before)” and Tanya Tucker ’s “Old Weakness (Coming on Strong)” lands at No. 60.

The Chicks’ Home has topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums for most of the past six months. Shania Twain ’s Up! rises one notch to No. 2 and George Strait ’s For the Last Time: Live From the Astrodome slips one post to No. 3. Also moving up are Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (to No. 4 from No. 5), Shelton’s The Dreamer (to No. 5 from No. 7) and Toby Keith ’s Unleashed (to No. 6 from No. 8). Faith Hill ’s Cry slides one slot to No. 7, and Vince Gill ’s Next Big Thing slips to No. 8 after debuting last week at No. 4). Fueled by the video for “Hurt,” Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around takes a six-position leap to No. 9. Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems returns to the Top 10 following at week at No. 11.

Newcomer Jennifer Hanson’s self-titled debut project enters the chart at No. 20 to become the week’s highest-debuting country album. Hayseed Dixie mix metal and bluegrass to debut at No. 52 with their latest album, Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss.

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