The guys in Big & Rich love to say they lead the freak parade, but this week, the odd duo move to the head of the Billboard country albums chart, as well.
Some 16 weeks after its release, Horse of a Different Color finally ascends to the top spot, knocking Jimmy Buffett’s License to Chill to No. 2 and Gretchen Wilson’s Here For the Party to No. 3. Brad Paisley’s Mud on the Tires, Kenny Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down and Terri Clark’s Greatest Hits 1994-2004 hold steady at No. 4 to No. 6, respectively.
Travis Tritt enters the chart this week at No. 7 with My Honky Tonk History, followed by Keith Urban’s Golden Road. Urban’s new album is coming Sept. 21, almost exactly two years since Golden Road was released.
Wynonna’s What the World Needs Now Is Love gets a third wind following an Aug. 17 rerun of her Oprah appearance. It soars from No. 62 to No. 9. In addition to gracing the current cover of Good Housekeeping, she’s returning to Oprah in November and spending the fall on her 20th anniversary tour. She hasn’t yet released another single from the album to country radio, yet all signs point to this becoming her first gold album since 1997. Toby Keith’s Shock’n Y’all rounds out the Top 10.
Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying makes its official debut next week, but a few thousand copies were sold early, so the album actually arrives at No. 54 this week. However, the title track is spending a seventh week at the top of the singles chart, followed by Chesney’s “I Go Back,” Urban’s “Days Go By,” Paisley and Alison Krauss’ “Whiskey Lullaby,” Clark’s “Girls Lie Too” and Josh Gracin’s “I Want to Live,” at No. 3 to No. 6, respectively. Remaining in the same spots, the latest singles from Andy Griggs, Alan Jackson, Sara Evans and Wilson complete the Top 10.
Meanwhile, Julie Roberts’ “Break Down Here” takes a sizable jump in radio airplay, finally breaking into the Top 20 after 29 weeks on the chart. Buffett’s duet with Martina McBride, “Trip Around the Sun,” arrives at No. 45, trailed by a batch of new singles. Cledus T. Judd’s “I Love NASCAR” debuts at No. 48, Reba McEntire’s “He Gets That From Me” at No. 50, Chesney’s “The Woman With You” at No. 54, LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ ’Bout Love Makes Sense” at No. 57 and McGraw’s “Back When” at No. 58.
Interestingly, at the bottom of the chart are the latest singles from Nashville Star’s two winners. Peaking at No. 35 a while back, Brad Cotter’s “I Meant To” falls to No. 59, as Buddy Jewell’s “One Step at a Time” lands at No. 60, continuing its slide after cresting at No. 38.