Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying returns to No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart, one week after Alan Jackson’s What I Do knocked it to the No. 2 spot. Jackson now holds the secondary spot.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Top 10 remains virtually unchanged. The latest albums from Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Jimmy Buffett, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark and Toby Keith are at No. 3 to No. 9, while Keith Urban’s Golden Road rounds out the Top 10. Urban’s new album, Be Here Now, will make its chart debut next week.
Dolly Parton’s two-disc set Live and Well arrives at No. 22 as the week’s highest-debuting country album. Kasey Chambers — a young Australian singer who is often compared to Parton and sang on last year’s tribute album to her — lands at No. 31 with Wayward Angel. The Yonder Mountain String Band’s Mountain Tracks: Volume 3 debuts at No. 67, with Roger Creager’s Live in Texas close behind at No. 70. Yonder Mountain String Band also debuted on the bluegrass albums chart at No. 2.
On the singles chart, Urban’s “Days Go By” remains at No. 1 for the third week, as Sara Evans’ “Suds in the Bucket” climbs to No. 2. Wilson’s “Here for the Party” and George Strait’s “I Hate Everything” are also on the rise to third and fourth place, respectively. McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” falls to No. 5, followed by Jackson’s “Too Much of a Good Thing,” Andy Griggs’ “She Thinks She Needs Me,” Keith’s “Stays in Mexico,” Brooks & Dunn’s “That’s What It’s All About” and Clark’s “Girls Lie Too” in the sixth through 10th slots, respectively.
Big & Rich have the week’s highest-debuting new single, with “Holy Water” making a splash at No. 51. Three women offer new singles this week: Sheryl Crow’s “No Depression in Heaven” (from the recent Carter Family tribute album) at No. 55, Lyric Street Records newcomer Kerry Harvick’s “Cowgirls” at No. 56 and Jessi Alexander’s “Make Me Stay or Make Me Go” at No. 57. The first single from an upcoming Greatest Hits album, Tracy Byrd is going straight for the yuks with “Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman” at No. 58.