Country music has been very, very good to Jimmy Buffett. Last year alone, he registered his first No. 1 single with his appearance with Alan Jackson on “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” That song also landed him his first-ever award in his 30 years in the business when he and Jackson snagged the CMA vocal event of the year honor.
Now, Buffett’s Nashville CD License to Chill on RCA Nashville has sold some 238,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Neilsen SoundScan. That becomes his first No. 1 album ever and it places the Chief Parrothead atop both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts.
Buffett’s entry knocks Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party down to No. 2. Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color drops from its high point of No. 2 to No. 3. Kenny Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down and Brad Paisley’s Mud on the Tires round out the Top 5.
Filling out the Top 10 are Keith Urban’s Golden Road, Toby Keith’s Shock ‘n Y’all, Brad Cotter’s Patient Man, Jeff Foxworthy’s Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered and Jackson’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2. The Charlie Daniels Band’s Essential Super Hits debuts at No. 66.
Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” maintains its hold on the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Chesney’s “I Go Back” remains at No. 2, Reba McEntire’s “Somebody” stays at No. 3, “Whiskey Lullaby” by Paisley with Alison Krauss remains at No. 4 and Billy Currington’s “I Got A Feelin'” hangs at No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Josh Gracin’s “I Want to Live,” Terri Clark’s “Girls Lie Too,” Buffett and guests’ “Hey, Good Lookin’,” Keith’s “Whiskey Girl” and Urban’s “Days Go By.”
New singles debuting this week are Clint Black’s “My Imagination” at No. 49, Katrina Elam’s “No End in Sight” at No. 51, Los Lonely Boys’ “Heaven” at No. 59 and “My World Is Over,” by Kenny Rogers with Whitney Duncan at No. 60.