Keith, Jackson Dominate Country Albums Chart

Two Versions of Jackson's Greatest Hits Volume II in Top 10

With CD sales continuing at a brisk pace, Toby Keith and Alan Jackson now claim four of the Top 10 positions on the country albums chart.

Respectively, Keith’s Shock’n Y’all and Jackson’s two-CD Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff continue to hold the first and second spots on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums listing. Keith’s 2002 album, Unleashed, has enjoyed a lengthy run at the top of the country chart, but Jackson’s single-disc version of his Greatest Hits Volume II jumps into the Top 10 this week.

Meanwhile back at the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart — Kenny Chesney spends a seventh week at No. 1 with “There Goes My Life.”

Shock’n Y’all is shaping up to be the biggest album of Keith’s career. Eleven weeks after its release, it has already achieved triple-platinum status and remains at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, a chart reflecting all musical styles. Keith also saw a sales surge this week for Unleashed, which jumps 10 spaces to No. 51 on the Billboard 200. The quadruple-platinum album has spent 78 weeks on the charts.

Elsewhere on the country albums chart, Shania Twain follows Keith and Jackson to spend another week at No. 3 with Up!, a two-disc collection that has received RIAA certification for shipments of 10 million copies. Newcomer Josh Turner’s debut, Long Black Train, ascends one notch to No. 4, followed by Unleashed at No. 5 and the abbreviated version of Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II at No. 6. The Dixie Chicks’ Top of the World Tour Live and Martina McBride’s Martina each fall one position to seventh and eighth place, respectively. Trace Adkins’ Comin’ On Strong stays at No. 9, and LeAnn Rimes’ Greatest Hits slips two positions to round out the Top 10.

Continuing to hold the Top 3 positions, respectively, are Chesney’s “There Goes My Life,” Jackson’s “Remember When” and Brooks & Dunn’s “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl.” Keith’s “American Soldier” moves up one slot to No. 4, and Terri Clark’s “I Wanna Do It All” slips a notch to No. 5. Tim McGraw’s “Watch the Wind Blow By” climbs one position to No. 6, Tracy Byrd’s “Drinkin’ Bone” remains at No. 7 and Brad Paisley’s “Little Moments” rises one slot to No. 8. Rodney Atkins’ “Honesty (Write Me a List)” slides to No. 9, and Twain’s “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face” spends a second week at No. 10.

No new country albums debuted this week, but several new singles made their first chart appearances. John Michael Montgomery’s emotional “Letters From Home” lands at No. 48 as the highest-debuting single. Other new additions to the chart include Rhonda Vincent’s “If Heartaches Had Wings,” Diamond Rio’s “We All Fall Down,” Chris Cagle’s “I’d Be Lying” and Trini Triggs’ “Heaven on Earth.”

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