Urban and Lynn See CD Sales Rise Following Awards Show

Chesney and Larry the Cable Guy Remain at Top of Country Charts

Keith Urban and Loretta Lynn saw their CD sales soar following appearances on the 2005 CMT Music Awards. Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich also racked up substantial sales increases following the April 11 awards show.

Urban’s latest album, Be Here, logged a 62 percent increase from the previous week, according to Nielsen SoundScan sales data. Additionally, there was a 45 percent hike for his previous project, Golden Road, which has already topped Billboard’s Top Catalog Country Albums chart for several weeks.

Lynn did even better with her critically acclaimed album, Van Lear Rose, after being presented the CMT Johnny Cash Visionary Award for her career achievements. Compared with the previous week, Van Lear Rose recorded a 72 percent increase in sales.

On Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this week, Larry the Cable Guy enjoys his third consecutive week at No. 1 with The Right to Bare Arms. Rascal Flatts remain in second place with Feels Like Today, but Urban’s popularity among CD buyers pushes Be Here up six notches to No. 3. Slipping one level each are Wilson’s Here for the Party (to No. 4), Shania Twain’s Greatest Hits (No. 5) and Kenny Chesney’s Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair (No. 6).

Sugarland, who performed live during the televised street party before the awards show, jump from No. 10 to No. 7 with their debut album, Twice the Speed of Life. Dropping three positions each to land at No. 8 through No. 10, respectively, are Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying, the all-star Totally Country Vol. 4 compilation and Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down.

The sales increases moved Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color up to No. 11, Bentley’s self-titled debut album to No. 32 and McEntire’s Room to Breathe to No. 37. Lynn’s Van Lear Rose catapulted from No. 59 to No. 40.

Willie Nelson’s Songs for Tsunami Relief, recorded with several of his musical friends at a recent charity concert in Austin, Texas, lands at No. 57 as the only new country album hitting the chart this week.

On Billboard’s country singles chart, Chesney spends a second week at No. 1 with “Anything but Mine.” Brooks & Dunn ascend to second place with “It’s Getting Better All the Time,” while Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone” drops slightly to the third position. Craig Morgan’s recent No. 1, “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” falls two levels to No. 4. Jo Dee Messina’s “My Give a Damn’s Busted” stays at No. 5, Andy Griggs’ “If Heaven” rises two notches to No. 6 and Wilson’s “Homewrecker” remains at No. 7. Toby Keith climbs to No. 8 with “Honkytonk U,” Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” slips to No. 9, and Joe Nichols’ “What’s a Guy Gotta Do” rounds out the Top 10 for another week.

Josh Gracin, who recently hit No. 1 with “Nothin’ to Lose,” has the highest-debuting single of the week. “Stay With Me (Brass Bed)” hits the country singles chart at No. 53. Entering at No. 54 is “Georgia Rain,” the single Trisha Yearwood premiered on the CMT Music Awards. The only other title debuting this week is Steve Holy’s “Go Home,” which arrives at No. 60.

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.