Three new albums shook up Billboard’s country chart this week with Top 10 debuts by Willie Nelson, Jimmy Wayne and Dwight Yoakam. Meanwhile, Lonestar’s Greatest Hits: From There to Here rose to the No. 1 spot after two weeks at No. 2.
George Strait dips to No. 2 with Honkytonkville, followed by Toby Keith’s Unleashed at No. 3. Willie Nelson & Friends’ Live and Kickin’, featuring a live version of the Keith-Nelson duet “Beer for My Horses,” arrives at No. 4. Shania Twain’s Up! and Kenny Chesney’s No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems each fall one notch, to Nos. 5 and 6.
Jimmy Wayne bows at No. 7, driven by the popularity of his hit “Stay Gone.” Right behind him, Yoakam emerges with Population Me at No. 8. The Dixie Chicks’ Home and Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors round out the Top 10. Darryl Worley, Jo Dee Messina and Martina McBride slip out of the Top 10.
With a thoughtful interview airing on NPR, Rosanne Cash enjoyed a sales boost, as Rules of Travel leapt from No. 56 to No. 44. Meanwhile, Allison Moorer’s live CD/DVD combo Show (No. 49), the Time/Life collection Bluegrass Today (No. 52) and Cristy Lane’s One Day at a Time: 22 All Time Favorites Vol. I & II (No. 64) also debuted. On the bluegrass chart, Bluegrass Today jumps to No. 3 and Blue Highway’s Wondrous Love debuts at No. 10.
The singles chart is somewhat stagnant, as the Top 5 songs remain unchanged. “Beer for My Horses” remains at No. 1 for the fifth week. Lonestar’s “My Front Porch Looking In” follows at No. 2, also for the fifth week. Wayne’s “Stay Gone,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” and Montgomery Gentry’s “Speed” hold steady at Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively.
Brad Paisley’s “Celebrity” inches up a spot to No. 6. The Alan Jackson-Jimmy Buffett duet “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” surfs up to No. 7 from No. 14. Jeff Bates’ “The Love Song” and Twain’s “Forever and For Always” remain at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively, while Chesney’s “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems” rounds out the Top 10.
After a heavy thud from the fallout of “Heavy Liftin’,” Blake Shelton introduces the rambunctious “Playboys of the Southwestern World,” a Hot Shot Debut at No. 52. Other new songs debuting this week include Rascal Flatts’ “I Melt,” Worley’s “Tennessee River Run” and Marty Stuart’s “If There Ain’t There Oughta Be.”