Messina Makes Greatest Album Debut

Jo Dee Messina shook things up this week when her new album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Messina must have been shaken up a bit herself. Upon hearing of the initial chart success for her Greatest Hits CD, she said, “Holy s–t! I never in a million years would have thought this possible.” Messina’s compilation includes three new tracks.

With the chart-topping debut, Messina literally knocked four artists down a notch on the country albums chart. Making one-position declines to the second through fifth places, respectively, are Toby Keith’s Unleashed, Darryl Worley’s Have You Forgotten? , Shania Twain’s Up! and the Dixie Chicks’ Home. Holding steady at No. 6 is Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, with Martina McBride’s Greatest Hits climbing back to No. 7 after spending one week just out of the Top 10. Rascal Flatts’ Melt rises two spaces to No. 8, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors slips four slots to No. 9 and Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around slides three positions to No. 10.

Newcomer Jeff Bates’ debut album, Rainbow Man, makes an especially impressive debut, arriving at No. 14. Other titles debuting this week include the Oak Ridge Boys’ Colors (No. 56), comic Tim Wilson’s Super Bad Sounds of the ‘70s (No. 57) and Waylon Jennings’ Waylon Live: The Expanded Edition.

Diamond Rio spend a second week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks with “I Believe.” Randy Travis stays in second place with “Three Wooden Crosses.” Rising two spaces to fourth and fifth place, respectively, are Keith’s collaboration with Willie Nelson, “Beer for My Horses,” and Rascal Flatts’ “Love You Out Loud.” Chris Cagle’s “What a Beautiful Day” slips one spot to No. 5, and Lonestar’s “My Front Porch Looking In” jumps two spaces to No. 6. On the decline this week are Keith Urban’s “Raining on Sunday” (to No. 7) and Worley’s “Have You Forgotten?” (to No. 8).

Newcomer Jimmy Wayne scores his first Top 10 single with “Stay Gone” jumping two slots to No. 9. Tim McGraw’s “She’s My Kind of Rain” dips one notch to No. 10.

John Michael Montgomery scores the highest-debuting single of the week with “Four-Wheel Drive” charting at No. 53. Keith Urban’s “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” debuts at No. 58, and the Dixie Chicks’ “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” enters the chart at No. 59.

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