Clint Black: Time Is on His Side

New Album Provides His Highest Chart Debut Since 1993

Clint Black can look at this week’s country chart and realize that Time is still on his side.

Black’s new album, Spend My Time, debuts at No. 3 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums listing to mark his highest sales and chart debut of an all-new album since 1993′s No Time to Kill. It’s been a successful franchise for Black, considering that he first topped the country albums chart in 1989 with Killin’ Time. After launching his career with “A Better Man,” the title track from Killin’ Time became his second No. 1 single.

Black has aggressively promoted the new album, his first for Equity Records, through the media and an extensive series of appearances at Wal-Mart stores. He’ll continue the Wal-Mart tour Tuesday (March 16) in Atlanta and Wednesday (March 17) in Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.

Meanwhile on Billboard‘s country singles chart, Tim McGraw breezes past Brad Paisley to finally blow Toby Keith out of the No. 1 position.

With McGraw claiming the top position with “Watch the Wind Blow By,” Keith’s “American Soldier” drops to second place, and Paisley’s “Little Moments” slips one notch to No. 3. On the rise to fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively, are Martina McBride’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” Trace Adkins’ “Hot Mama” and Sara Evans’ “Perfect.” Alan Jackson’s “Remember When” slips to No. 7, Jimmy Wayne’s “I Love You This Much” slides to No. 8 and Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker jump two positions to No. 9 with “When the Sun Goes Down.” Buddy Jewell’s “Sweet Southern Comfort” spends another week rounding out the Top 10.

Sherrié Austin claims the week’s highest debuting single on the country chart. “Drivin’ Into the Sun,” a song she wrote with Georgia Middleman, arrives at No. 51. Other new entries include Jeffrey Steele’s “Good Year for the Outlaw” (No. 56) and Vince Gill’s “In These Last Few Days” (No. 57). Country radio stations are getting an early start on playing Keith’s “Whiskey Girl.” The track from his Shock’n Y’all CD debuts at No. 59.

On the country albums chart, Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down remains at No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week. With Keith’s Shock’n Y’all and Black’s new album in second and third positions, respectively, Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II slips a notch to No. 4. Also falling one slot each to the fifth through seventh positions, respectively, are Josh Turner’s Long Black Train, Keith Urban’s Golden Road and McBride’s Martina. Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems bounces up two floors to No. 8, Keith’s Unleashed slips two spots to No. 9 and Gary Allan’s See If I Care slides two posts to No. 10.

Black’s promotion of his new album is also impacting sales of the older music he recorded for RCA. The compilation, Ultimate Clint Black, re-enters the chart at No. 65. Aside from Black’s Spend My Time, the only new album debuting this week is Classic Country: Hard to Find Hits featuring tracks by Don Gibson, Faron Young, Wynn Stewart, Bobby Helms, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and others.

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.