Terri Clark Enjoys Her Greatest Week

Greatest Hits Collection Is the Week's Highest-Debuting Country Album

Terri Clark has logged the biggest sales week of her career with her new Greatest Hits 1994-2004 debuting at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Containing her current hit single, “Girls Lie Too,” the compilation racked up first-week sales of 62,000 copies — nearly double the first-week sales of her previous album, 2003’s Pain to Kill.

On the Billboard country singles chart, Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” returns to No. 1 after being unseated one week by Reba McEntire’s “Somebody.” Climbing to second and third place, respectively, are Kenny Chesney’s “I Go Back” and the Brad Paisley-Alison Krauss collaboration “Whiskey Lullaby,” followed by McEntire in the fourth position. Holding steady in fifth through eighth, respectively, are Billy Currington’s “I Got a Feelin’,” Josh Gracin’s “I Want to Live,” Clark’s “Girls Lie Too” and Keith Urban’s “Days Go By.” Andy Griggs climbs one notch to No. 9 with “She Thinks She Needs Me,” and Alan Jackson’s “Too Much of a Good Thing” arrives in the Top 10 from No. 12.

If Toby Keith looks conspicuously absent from the Top 10 list of country singles, that’s going to change in a matter of weeks. “Stays in Mexico,” a new track to be featured on Keith’s upcoming Greatest Hits, arrives at No. 27 to easily claim status as the week’s highest-debuting single.

Debuting this week at No. 57 is newcomer Catherine Britt’s “The Upside of Being Down.” Signed to RCA Records, the Australian vocalist is produced by Keith Stegall, whose clients include Alan Jackson. The Jenkins’ “Getaway Car” debuts at No. 58, and Diamond Rio’s “Can’t You Tell” charts at No. 59.

Despite the biggest sales week of her career, Clark still couldn’t budge Jimmy Buffett’s License to Chill from the top of the country albums chart — or Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party and Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color from the second and third slots. However, Clark’s impressive entry at No. 4 pushed the next five albums down one level each, with Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down at No. 5 followed by Paisley’s Mud on the Tires, Keith’s Shock’n Y’all, Urban’s Golden Road and Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II. Debuting at No. 10 is The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam.

Other album debuts this week include The Notorious Cherry Bombs, an all-star project featuring Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell, at No. 23. The only other title charting is the multi-artist compilation Classic Country: God, Family, Country.

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.