Jackson-Buffett Duet Tops the Charts

After just eight weeks, the Alan Jackson-Jimmy Buffett duet “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” surfs to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country singles chart. Though he’s appeared on the country charts every decade since the 1970s, Buffett’s highest-ranking country single was — hold on to your baseball cap — “Margaritaville,” in 1977. The sunny tune comes from Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II, due Aug. 12.

Elsewhere on the singles chart, Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” falls a notch to No. 2, Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” climbs to No. 3 and Brad Paisley’s “Celebrity dips to No. 4. Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Chesney and Paisley all record for the RCA label group.

Toby Keith and Willie Nelson’s “Beer for My Horses” holds steady at No. 5, Lonestar’s “My Front Porch Looking In” falls to No. 6 and Shania Twain remains at No. 7 with “Forever and For Always.” Tim McGraw inches up to No. 8 with “Real Good Man,” while newcomers Dierks Bentley (“What Was I Thinkin’”) and Brian McComas (“99.9% Sure …”) round out the Top 10.

It’s a strong week for new music as well. Singles charting for the first time include Jessica Andrews’ “Good Time,” Travis Tritt’s “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean” (from an upcoming Waylon Jennings tribute), Tracy Byrd’s “Drinkin’ Bone,” George Strait’s “Cowboys Like Us” and Dusty Drake’s “Smaller Pieces.”

The country albums chart gets a boost from new music as well. Paisley’s Mud on the Tires debuts at No. 1, selling 85,655 units. Brooks & Dunn’s Red Dirt Road slips a spot to No. 2. Keith’s Unleashed and Lonestar’s Greatest Hits: From There to Here stay at No. 3 and 4, respectively. Twain goes up with Up! , to No. 5, and Chesney climbs to No. 6, with his album’s title track. Pat Green’s Wave on Wave falls five spots to No. 7. The latest albums from Trace Adkins, George Strait and Rascal Flatts round out the Top 10.

Farther down the chart, Brian McComas debuts at No. 21, with Chris LeDoux’s Horsepower arriving at No. 24. Texas favorite Cory Morrow’s Full Exposure bows at No. 40, and the Charlie Daniels Band’s Freedom and Justice for All appears at No. 55.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for CMT.com since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.