Trace Adkins Has Greatest Chart Week

The strongest first-week sales of his career catapulted Trace Adkins to the top of this week’s Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Meanwhile, the horses have now headed to the stable to give Lonestar a loftier view of the country singles chart.

In its first week of release, Adkins’ Greatest Hits Collection, Volume 1 sold 56,000 units to debut at No. 1. He also debuts at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 to mark his first time in the Top 10 debut of the all-genre chart. His latest single, “Then They Do,” remains at No. 14 on the country singles chart for a second week, but that particular chart gridlock is nothing to compared to what Lonestar has experienced recently. For the past six weeks, the band’s “My Front Porch Looking In” has stayed at No. 2 — right behind the chart-topping Toby Keith and Willie Nelson single, “Beer for My Horses.”

With Lonestar at No. 1 on the singles chart, Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” climbs two notches to No. 2 and “Beer for My Horses” settles at No. 3. Gearing up for Tuesday’s (July 22) release of his new album, Mud on the Tires, Brad Paisley’s “Celebrity” moves up one slot to No. 4. Jimmy Wayne’s debut single, “Stay Gone,” drops two spaces to No. 5, while Alan Jackson’s duet with Jimmy Buffett on “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” takes a one-notch climb to No. 6. Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” moves upward one slot to No. 7, with Montgomery Gentry’s “Speed” slowing to No. 8 and Shania Twain’s “Forever and For Always” moving up to No. 9. Jeff Bates’ debut single, “The Love Song,” rounds out the Top 10 country singles.

Jo Dee Messina’s “I Wish,” a track from her recently-released Greatest Hits album, arrives at No. 49 as the week’s highest debut on the country singles chart. Scotty Emerick, a longtime member of Toby Keith’s band, gets some help from his boss with the debut single, “I Can’t Take You Anywhere.” In addition to appearing on the single, Keith co-wrote the song with Emerick and co-produced the track with DreamWorks Nashville chief James Stroud.

Other country singles debuting this week include Rebecca Lynn Howard’s “What a Shame” (at No. 55), Randy Travis’ “Pray For the Fish” (No. 56), Mark Wills’ “And the Crowd Goes Wild” (No. 58) and Montgomery Gentry’s “Hell Yeah” (No. 59).

Adkins’ compilation knocks Buddy Jewell’s self-titled debut to No. 4 on the albums chart after the Nashville Star winner debuted at No. 1 last week. At Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, for a second week are Lonestar’s From There to Here: Greatest Hits and Keith’s Unleashed. George Strait’s Honkytonkville slips one level to No. 5, while Twain’s Up! and Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems spend another week at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Tracy Byrd’s The Truth About Men slides three spaces to No. 8, Willie Nelson & Friends’ Live and Kickin’ slips one position to No. 9 and Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors also slides one slot to round out the Top 10 country albums.

No other country albums debuted on this week’s chart, but exceptional sales gains were noted for Keith Urban’s Golden Road, which moved to No. 13 from No. 17.

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