Lonestar Album Debuts at No. 2

Gretchen Wilson Still Clutches the Top of Two Country Charts

Gretchen Wilson doesn’t appear to be leaving the party anytime soon, but Lonestar and newcomer Julie Roberts join her in this week’s country Top 10. With Wilson’s Here for the Party remaining at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for a third consecutive week, her debut single, “Redneck Woman,” also spends another week atop the trade publication’s list of Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

Lonestar made an impressive first-week showing with Let’s Be Us Again, which arrives at No. 2 on the albums chart. The title track holds solid at No. 5 on the singles tally.

Elsewhere near the top of the albums stack, Kenny Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down stays at No. 3, Toby Keith’s Shock’n Y’all slips a notch to No. 4 and Montgomery Gentry’s You Do Your Thing falls three positions to No. 5 in its second week of release. Keith Urban’s Golden Road and Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color dip slightly to sixth and seventh place, respectively, and Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II remains at No. 8. Julie Roberts’ self-titled debut album premieres at No. 9, while Brad Paisley’s Mud on the Tires rounds out the Top 10. The titles from Lonestar and Roberts were the only country albums to debut this week.

The Top 5 country singles remain the same for a second week — with “Redneck Woman” followed by John Michael Montgomery’s “Letters From Home,” Montgomery Gentry’s “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Keith’s “Whiskey Girl” and the Lonestar release. Brooks & Dunn climb three levels to No. 6 with “That’s What She Gets for Loving Me” and George Strait slides to No. 7 with “Desperately.” After a few years away from the Top 10, David Lee Murphy has returned in a major way by moving “Loco” up four notches to No. 8. Rascal Flatts’ latest chart-topper, “Mayberry,” has nearly run its course, falling to No. 9, but expect to hear the band’s new single, “Feels Like Today,” later this month. Chesney and Uncle Kracker kick back at No. 10 for a second week with “When the Sun Goes Down.”

Buddy Jewell scored the highest-debuting country single of the week with “One Step at a Time,” which enters the chart at No. 57. Toby Keith protégé Scotty Emerick arrives at No. 59 with “The Watch,” a song he wrote with two of Nashville’s most respected songwriters, Dean Dillon and Leslie Satcher. Carolyn Dawn Johnson debuts at No. 60 with “Die of a Broken Heart.”

In the coming weeks, several other new singles are being promoted to radio, including Tracy Lawrence’s “It’s All How You Look at It” and Gary Allan’s “Nothing On but the Radio.” In an interesting move, Blue Note Records, a label famous for its jazz recordings, will be seeking country radio airplay for Norah Jones’ “Creepin’ In.” The track from Jones’ latest album, Feels Like Home, features a prominent guest vocal from Dolly Parton.

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.