Chesney and Keith Still Causing Chart Gridlock

With Jackson in the Mix, Nobody's Moving From Top Two Positions

The gridlock continues at the top of Billboard’s country charts with Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Alan Jackson refusing to budge for yet another week.

Keith’s Shock’n Y’all remains at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, and
Chesney’s “There Goes My Life” hasn’t ended its rule of the Hot Country Singles & Tracks listing. As for Jackson, he’s still at No. 2 on both charts with “Remember When” and the double-platinum compilation, Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff.

With Brooks & Dunn spending another week at No. 3 on the singles chart with “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl,” Terri Clark climbs one notch to No. 4 with “I Wanna Do It All.” Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” makes a three-slot rise to No. 5, Tim McGraw’s “Watch the Wind Blow By” also ascends three spaces to No. 6 and Tracy Byrd’s “Drinkin’ Bone” remains at No. 7. Newcomer Rodney Atkins’ “Honesty (Write Me a List)” slips two positions to No. 6, but Brad Paisley’s “Little Moments” and Shania Twain’s “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face” climb one post to Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.

Emerson Drive scored the highest-debuting single of the week with “Last One Standing” arriving at No. 46. “Flies On the Butter (You Can’t Go Home Again)” — Wynonna’s collaboration with mother Naomi Judd — enters the chart at No. 50. Other debuts on this week’s country singles chart: Jeff Bates’ “I Wanna Make You Cry” (No. 55), Jill King’s “98.6 Degrees and Fallin'” (No. 56) and Joe Diffie’s “Tougher Than Nails” (No. 60).

Following Keith and Jackson on the country albums chart, Twain’s Up! rises to third place, Keith’s Unleashed climbs to No. 4 and newcomer Josh Turner’s Long Black Train makes a significant three-notch leap to No. 5. Slipping slightly are the Dixie Chicks’ Top of the World Tour Live (No. 6), Martina McBride’s Martina (No. 7) and LeAnn Rimes’ Greatest Hits (No. 8). Trace Adkins returns to the Top 10 by moving Comin’ On Strong up to No. 9. Rascal Flatts’ Melt rounds out the Top 10.

No albums debuted this week. However, several titles returned to the chart, including Bering Strait, Ultimate Dolly Parton, Rodney Crowell’s Fate’s Right Hand and Craig Morgan’s I Love It.

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