Two new albums break into the Top 10 of this week’s Billboard country albums chart, as Andy Griggs’ This I Gotta See arrives at No. 7, followed by newcomer Rachel Proctor’s Where I Belong at No. 8.
However, the first six albums on the chart remain unchanged, with Jimmy Buffett’s License to Chill at No. 1, trailed by the latest albums from Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Terri Clark. Keith Urban’s Golden Road and Toby Keith’s Shock’n Y’all complete the Top 10.
For those labels reluctant to dig into their catalog, this week’s album chart might suggest that they reconsider. A number of compilations are scattered throughout the chart, from artists such as Dwight Yoakam (No. 22) and Randy Travis (No. 24), as well as Elvis Presley (No. 25), Kenny Rogers (No. 41) and Don Williams (No. 48). Patsy Cline makes a strong showing this week as well, as The Definitive Collection jumps from No. 62 to No. 52. Though they are still actively performing, Willie Nelson, John Michael Montgomery and Jeff Foxworthy also have career retrospectives on the chart.
Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” notches its sixth week at No. 1, managing to hold off Chesney’s “I Go Back” (at No. 2) and Paisley’s duet with Alison Krauss, “Whiskey Lullaby” (at No. 3). Urban’s “Days Go By” inches up to No. 4, trading places with Josh Gracin’s “I Want to Live” at No. 5. Also on the rise: Clark’s “Girls Lie Too,” Griggs’ “She Thinks She Needs Me,” Alan Jackson’s “Too Much of a Good Thing,” Sara Evans’ “Suds in the Bucket” and Wilson’s “Here for the Party,” at sixth through 10th place, respectively.
Travis Tritt’s album My Honky Tonk History will debut on next week’s chart, but his current single appears to have stalled at No. 28, remaining there for the fourth straight week. Christy Sutherland, yet another new female artist from Sony Music, makes her chart debut at No. 56 with “Freedom.” Emerson Drive follows at No. 58 with “November.”