An album that jumps 11 spots to return to the Top 10. A hot single that reaches the Top 40 in just three weeks. A 12-fold increase in legal downloads. That’s what Brooks & Dunn get for appearing on Dr. Phil last week.
Their album Red Dirt Road, released in July 2003, races from No. 18 to No. 7, after they serenaded Dr. Phil’s wife with “That’s What She Gets for Loving Me” on a special Valentine’s Day episode of the talk show. Meanwhile, the single (which Dunn co-wrote with Terry McBride) moves to No. 35, and legal downloads soared from 30 last week to 370 this week. Their Red Dirt Road tour is currently in the Midwest with stops scheduled on the East Coast in early March.
Otherwise, the charts haven’t changed much. The latest albums from Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Shania Twain take up the Top 5, with Martina McBride’s Martina at No. 6. Trailing Red Dirt Road are Keith’s Unleashed, Trace Adkins’ Comin’ On Strong and Keith Urban’s Golden Road.
Keith Urban in the Ranch, a reissue from the star’s early days in a band called The Ranch, debuts at No. 34. Wynonna earns the Pacesetter notation after her appearance on Oprah, climbing from No. 56 to No. 43.
After its Grammy win for best country album, Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers lands at its highest position yet, at No. 44. Farther down the chart, The Essenshul Cledus T. Judd bows at No. 61, and The Essential John Denver arrives at No. 66. Lorrie Morgan’s Show Me How drops off the chart in its fourth week of release.
The top bluegrass albums include two newcomers as well. Old Crow Medicine Show’s O.C.M.S. debuts at No. 5, and Pickin’ on Montgomery Gentry lands at No. 14. June Carter Cash’s two Grammy wins helped Wildwood Flower move up three slots to No. 7, but she’s absent from the country sales chart. Of course, Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Live remains at No. 1 on the bluegrass chart.
Look for a new No. 1 on the singles chart next week, but for now, it’s Keith’s “American Soldier” at the top, with Jackson’s “Remember When” at No. 2. Contenders include Terri Clark’s “I Wanna Do It All” at No. 3, Tim McGraw’s “Watch the Wind Blow By” at No. 4 and Brad Paisley’s “Little Moments” at No. 5. McBride’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” Adkins’ “Hot Mama,” Jimmy Wayne’s “I Love You This Much,” Sara Evans’ “Perfect” and Buddy Jewell’s “Sweet Southern Comfort” round out the Top 10.
New singles include Colt Prather’s “I Won’t Go On and On” at No. 49, Hank Williams Jr.’s “Why Can’t We All Just Get a Long Neck?,” Mickey Dimichele’s “Jolene” (not Dolly’s song) at No. 57 and Andy Griggs’ “She Thinks She Needs Me.”