DreamWorks Records isn’t the oldest country label, but it was definitely the strongest this week, thanks to new albums from Darryl Worley and Jessica Andrews . Worley’s third album — Have You Forgotten? — debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart while the title track holds the top position on the trade publications Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the fifth week in a row.
Nielsen Soundscan figures for the week show sales of 213,000 for Have You Forgotten? and sales of 42,000 for Andrews’ new album, Now, which debuts at No. 4 on the country albums chart. DreamWorks shipped 928,000 copies of Worley’s album. With RIAA certifications based on shipments instead of sales, Worley is less than 72,000 copies away from a platinum award.
The combination of Worley, Andrews and Toby Keith places DreamWorks artists in four of the top five positions on the country albums chart. With Worley at No. 1, Keith’s Unleashed remains at No. 2, as the Dixie Chicks ’ Home drops from No. 1 to No. 3. And with Andrews at No. 4, The Best of Toby Keith: 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection debuts at No. 5. The latter is a compilation of Keith’s hits for his previous label home, Mercury.
Elsewhere in the country albums Top 10, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors slips three notches to No. 6, Martina McBride ’s Greatest Hits stays at No. 7 and Kenny Chesney ’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems remains at No. 8. Falling five positions each are Shania Twain ’s Up! (No. 8) and Chris Cagle ’s new self-titled album (No. 10).
Just behind Worley on the country singles chart is Chesney’s “Big Star,” which spends a second week in the No. 2 slot. McGraw’s “She’s My Kind of Rain” moves to No. 3 from No. 4 to trade places with Alan Jackson ’s “That’d Be Alright.” McBride’s “Concrete Angel” remains at No. 6, with Keith Urban ’s “Raining on Sunday” and Diamond Rio ’s “I Believe” rising one notch each to No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Randy Travis ’ inspirational “Three Wooden Crosses” climbs to No. 8 from No. 10, Cagle’s “What a Beautiful Day” spends a third week at No. 9 and Joe Nichols ’ “Brokenheartsville” falls to No. 10 from No. 6.
New singles making their chart debuts include newcomer Billy Currington’s “Walk a Little Straighter” (at No. 56) and Nichols’ “She Only Smokes When She Drinks” (at No. 58).
Two albums entered the country chart this week, with Billy Gilman ’s Music Through Heartsongs: Songs Based on the Poems of Mattie J.T. Stepanek debuting at No. 15. Arriving at No. 47 is Dualtone Records’ eclectic multi-artist compilation, Lonesome, On’ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings.