As if his No. 1 debut of Honkytonkville wasn’t enough, George Strait appears three additional times this week on Billboard’s Top Country Albums charts — For the Last Time: Live From the Astrodome (at No. 15), The Millennium Collection (No. 30) and The Road Less Traveled (No. 49). Such a prolific output is enough to make Willie Nelson proud.
Honkytonkville knocks each of last week’s top three albums — Lonestar’s From There to Here: Greatest Hits, Toby Keith’s Unleashed and Shania Twain’s Up! — down one notch. Kenny Chesney relaxes at No. 5, Darryl Worley slips a spot to No. 6, and the Dixie Chicks hold steady at No. 7. Jo Dee Messina’s Greatest Hits falls to No. 8, Randy Travis’ Rise and Shine climbs to No. 9, and Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors takes two steps back to No. 10.
On the singles chart, Keith and Nelson’s “Beer For My Horses,” Lonestar’s “My Front Porch Looking In” and Rascal Flatts’ “Love You Out Loud” hold down the top three spots for the third consecutive week. Jimmy Wayne inches up a spot to No. 4 with “Stay Gone,” Montgomery Gentry race to No. 5 with “Speed,” and Brooks & Dunn cruise to No. 6 with “Red Dirt Road.
Songs losing momentum include Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses” (falling to No. 7), Diamond Rio’s “I Believe” (No. 8) and Craig Morgan’s “Almost Home” (No. 9). And after six weeks of male domination in the Top 10, Twain breaks through with the ballad “Forever and For Always” at No. 10. Meanwhile, Strait’s latest single “Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa” remains at No. 13 for a second week.
The chart’s Airpower awards go to Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” (No. 16) and Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” (No. 20). New songs on the chart include Gary Allan’s “Tough Little Boys” (No. 45), Chris Cagle’s “Chicks Dig It” (No. 57) and bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent’s “You Can’t Take it With You” (No. 58).