Wynonna Debuts at No. 1

Welcome back, Wynonna. We missed you. After all, how else can we explain the No. 1 debut of What the World Needs Now Is Love on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart? The almighty redhead also bows at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, which tracks CD sales of all genres.

Just below Wynonna, Toby Keith sits at No. 2 with Unleashed, followed by Brooks & Dunn’s Red Dirt Road at No. 3. Following major exposure during CMT’s Back Where I Come From concert special, Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems jumps from No. 6 to No. 4, earning the magazine’s greatest gainer award. Last week’s No. 1, Brad Paisley’s Mud on the Tires, downshifts to No. 5.

The latest albums from Shania Twain, Lonestar, Rascal Flatts, Pat Green and Trace Adkins round out the Top 10. Farther down the chart, The Three Pickers — a collaboration between Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs — climbs to No. 24, its highest position yet. Meanwhile, Heaven Bound: The Best of Bluegrass Gospel debuts at No. 70.

The Alan Jackson-Jimmy Buffett duet “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” relaxes at No. 1 for the third week. Chesney is kicking sand at No. 2 with “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.” Paisley’s “Celebrity,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” and Twain’s “Forever and For Always” hold steady at 3, 4 and 5, respectively.

Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin'” continues to climb, up two spots to No. 6, followed by Tim McGraw’s “Real Good Man” at No. 7. Keith’s collaboration with Willie Nelson, “Beer for My Horses,” falls to No. 8, followed by Lonestar’s “My Front Porch Looking In” and Trace Adkins’ “Then They Do,” at 9 and 10.

Elsewhere on the singles chart, Wynonna’s single “What the World Needs” is on the way down after peaking at No. 14 two weeks ago. At No. 18 for a second week, Sara Evans’ “Backseat of a Greyhound Bus” is headed back to the station, after 26 weeks — that’s six months — on the chart. And now without a record deal, Jamie O’Neal’s “Every Little Thing,” slips a spot to No. 35. And, of course, the Dixie Chicks are nowhere to be found.

Digging toward the bottom of the chart, Jimmy Wayne’s “I Love You This Much” debuts at No. 53. It’s the follow-up to his successful first single “Stay Gone.” Amy Dalley appears at No. 60 with “I Think You’re Beautiful,” a second attempt at stardom after her first single, “Love’s Got an Attitude.”

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