Fueled by positive reviews and his own career momentum, Alan Jackson’s new album What I Do has entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1, with sales of 178,000 copies. It knocks Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying from its perch to mark the first time in nearly a decade that one country artist has replaced another at the top of the all-genre chart, according to the trade publication
On both the Billboard 200 and the country albums chart, McGraw falls to No. 2. On the country chart, the latest albums from Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Jimmy Buffett, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Terri Clark and Toby Keith continue to sell briskly but also move down one notch each respectively to No. 3 through No. 8. Toby Keith’s Shock ’n Y’all stays at No 9 while Jackson’s previous album, Greatest Hits Volume II, slides up one spot to No. 10.
No other country albums debuted this week, but the one-year anniversary of Johnny Cash’s death helped American IV: The Man Comes Around rebound from No. 55 to 49, with a 12-percent sales increase. Virginia combo King Wilkie debut on the bluegrass albums chart at No. 11 with Broke nearly five months after its release on Rebel Records.
Keith Urban holds steady at No. 1 for his second week with “Days Go By,” trailed by McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” at No. 2. Sara Evans leaps three spots to No. 3 with “Suds in the Bucket, followed by Wilson’s “Here for the Party” and Clark’s “Girls Lie Too.” Andy Griggs drops a notch to No. 6 with “She Thinks She Needs Me,” just ahead of Jackson’s “Too Much of a Good Thing,” George Strait’s “I Hate Everything,” Keith’s “Stays in Mexico” and Rascal Flatts’ “Feels Like Today.”
Rachel Proctor’s “Where I Belong” — the follow-up to “Me and Emily” and the title track of her album — arrives at No. 49 as the week’s highest debut single. Other new singles include Carolina Rain’s “I Ain’t Scared” (released on Equity Records), Dusty Drake’s “I Am the Working Man” and Jeff Bates’ “Long Slow Kisses.”