It’s likely that more people will recognize Trace Adkins on the airplane now, as Songs About Me sold more than 62,000 copies in its first seven days of release — his highest sales week ever. It debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart and No. 11 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Adkins’ two previous albums remain on the chart as well — Greatest Hits Collection, Volume I (No. 55) and Comin’ On Strong (No. 35), both from 2003.
However, Kenny Chesney looks poised to return to the top spot next week. His Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair enjoyed a 70 percent sales boost, moving up from No. 4 to No. 2. He’s also back on the road following an injury. The latest albums from Rascal Flatts, Gretchen Wilson and Shania Twain round out the Top 5.
The all-star compilation Totally Country Vol. 4 falls to No. 6, with Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying, Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down and Toby Keith’s Greatest Hits 2 remaining in seventh through ninth place. George Strait’s 50 Number Ones rounds out the Top 10. Last week’s No. 1 album, Miranda Lambert’s Kerosene, falls to No. 11 in its second week. Nevertheless, it’s been a strong sales week in general.
Craig Morgan remains at No. 1 on the country singles chart for the third week in a row with “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” holds at No. 2 but loses its bullet. That might make room at the top for Chesney’s “Anything but Mine,” Brooks & Dunn’s “It Gets Better All the Time” or Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone,” in the third through fifth positions this week. Josh Gracin’s “Nothin’ to Lose” dips to No. 6, followed by Jo Dee Messina’s “My Give a Damn’s Busted” at No. 7 and Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” at No. 8. At No. 9, Andy Griggs’ “If Heaven” is the only song entering the Top 10 this week. Lee Ann Womack’s “I May Hate Myself in the Morning” spends its second week at No. 10.
Adkins’ “Songs About Me” climbs two places to No. 17 after 17 weeks on the chart. New singles charting this week include Strait’s “You’ll Be There” at No. 30, Jamie O’Neal’s “Somebody’s Hero” at No. 55 and Deana Carter’s “One Day at a Time” at No. 57. Adkins’ album cut “Honky Tonk Badonk Adonk” enters at No. 59.
Two albums debut on the bluegrass chart — Charlie Daniels’ A Gospel Bluegrass Collection: Songs From the Longleaf Pine at No. 4 and the soundtrack to the PBS documentary The Appalachians at No. 6.