Although the music business had largely dismissed them following a sophomore slump, SHeDAISY blossom in a big way with a No. 2 debut on the Billboard country albums chart. Sweet Right Here comes in just behind Gretchen Wilson’s undeniable Here for the Party. However, the sister trio’s single, “Passenger Seat,” has vanished from the trade publication’s country singles chart.
That’s certainly not the case for Wilson. Her single “Redneck Woman” spends its fifth week at No. 1, though Toby Keith’s “Whiskey Girl,” Montgomery Gentry’s “If You Ever Stop Loving Me” and Lonestar’s “Let’s Be Us Again” all pose a threat in second, third and fourth place, respectively. John Michael Montgomery’s “Letters From Home” falls to No. 5, peaking at No. 2 but unable to take the top spot from Wilson. Brooks & Dunn’s “That’s What She Gets for Loving Me” and David Lee Murphy’s “Loco” remain in sixth and seventh place, respectively, followed by Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” Kenny Chesney’s “I Go Back” and Reba McEntire’s “Somebody.”
Several struggling singles have finally climbed into the Top 30 this week. Amy Dalley’s “Men Don’t Change” reaches No. 26, Billy Dean’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” rises to No. 27 and Julie Roberts nabs No. 29 with “Break Down Here.”
New singles include Rascal Flatts’ “Feels Like Today” at No. 47, Alan Jackson’s “Too Much of a Good Thing” at No. 49, Gary Allan’s “Nothing On but the Radio” at No. 52 and Tracy Lawrence’s “It’s All How You Look at It” at No. 55. Eleven years after his death, Conway Twitty returns to the singles chart at No. 60 with “(I Wanna Hear) A Cheatin’ Song,” a duet with Anita Cochran. With the blessing of his estate, Twitty’s vocals were pieced together from various past recordings, sometimes from mere syllables, allowing him to sing part of a song that wasn’t even written when he died in 1993.
Despite SHeDAISY’s debut, the country chart sustains only a minor shake-up. The latest albums from Chesney, Big & Rich and Keith comprise the Top 5. Lonestar slip a notch to No. 6, followed by Keith Urban’s double-platinum Golden Road, Brad Paisley’s Mud on the Tires, Montgomery Gentry’s You Do Your Thing and Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II.
No other albums make their debut this week, but Old Crow Medicine Show’s lively O.C.M.S. returns to the chart at No. 68, their highest point to date. The young old-time musicians also lodge at No. 2 on the bluegrass albums chart, just behind Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Live.