Chesney “Goes” to No. 1 in Just Nine Weeks

Adkins' Album Debuts at No. 3

Though his album isn’t due until February, Kenny Chesney has cruised to No. 1 in just nine weeks with “There Goes My Life.” The touching song has already led to one award nomination, as Chesney is up for the 2004 Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative. Yes, the song deals with the emotions of a father, but no, Chesney doesn’t have any kids.

The ballad knocks Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar” from the top slot down to No. 2. George Strait’s “Cowboys Like Us” also falls a notch to No. 3. Montgomery Gentry’s “Hell Yeah” moves up to No. 4, and Chris Cagle digs into the No. 5 position with “Chicks Dig It.” Brooks & Dunn’s “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” climbs to No. 6, followed by Rascal Flatts’ “I Melt,” Lonestar’s “Walking in Memphis” and Alan Jackson’s “Remember When.” In its 27th week on the chart, Rodney Atkins’ “Honesty (Write Me a List)” holds steady at No. 10.

Chesney has two other songs on the singles chart: “All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan” at No. 45 and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” new at No. 60. Other debuting singles include Chad Brock’s “You Are,” Brad Tyler’s “Fridaynititus” and T. Graham Brown’s “Middle Age Crazy.”

Keith maintains his No. 1 spot with Shock’n Y’all, with Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff at No. 2. Trace Adkins’ Comin’ On Strong sold more than 62,000 copies to debut at No. 3, as the Dixie Chicks’ Top of the World Tour Live slips a spot to No. 4. Chesney’s All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan dips to No. 5 but has already been certified gold for shipments of 500,000 copies. Keith’s Unleashed holds steady at No. 6.

Though women have struggled on the singles chart this year, the albums chart is a different story as LeAnn Rimes’ Greatest Hits, Shania Twain’s Up!, Martina McBride’s Martina and Reba McEntire’s Room to Breathe round out the Top 10. However, you’ll have to scan all the way to No. 33 to find another album by a female artist — actually 13 female artists — with Just Because I’m a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton at No. 33.

Perhaps the Grammy nominations for Livin’ Lovin’ Losin: Songs of the Louvin Brothers helped it re-chart at No. 73. In addition, The Essential Willie Nelson reappears at No. 68.

A bit higher up the chart, The Best of Burl Ives — The Christmas Collection arrives at No. 65. Ives narrated the 1964 — seriously, 1964! — animated TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Other Christmas collections (also in the Universal Music Group’s 20th Century Masters series) include Strait at No. 60 and McEntire at No. 67.

On the bluegrass chart, A Very Special Acoustic Christmas captures the top slot, with good cheer from Pat Green, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, McEntire, Nelson, Marty Stuart and Wynonna, among several high-profile bluegrass stars.

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