Jo Dee Messina definitely gives a damn about Billboard’s country charts this week. And no wonder: She’s No. 1 with the single, “My Give a Damn’s Busted,” while Delicious Surprise enters the album chart at No. 1 after selling about 99,000 copies in its first week of release.
It’s Messina’s third album to debut at No. 1 on the country chart. The album’s entry at No. 7 on the all-genre Billboard 200 marks her first appearance in that chart’s Top 10. A year and a-half after its release, her Greatest Hits continues to sell respectably as well, landing on the country albums chart this week at No. 53.
Below Delicious Surprise, the latest albums from Larry the Cable Guy, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts settle in second through fourth places, respectively. Meanwhile, Buddy Jewell arrives at No. 5 with Times Like These. It’s the follow-up to his gold debut, which he released just after winning Nashville Star in 2003. (That self-titled album re-enters the chart at No. 60.) For his new album, Jewell spent release day (and the day before) in Florida singing and signing autographs on Wal-Mart parking lots.
With the action in the top half of the Top 10, Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party and Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life fall to sixth and seventh place, yet Kenny Chesney holds steady at No. 8 with When the Sun Goes Down and at No. 10 with Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair. The all-hits compilation, Totally Country Vol. 4, sits at No. 9.
On the singles chart, Wilson has an eye on the prize, with the sassy “Homewrecker” storming ahead four notches to No. 2. Craig Morgan’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and Brooks & Dunn’s “It’s Getting Better All the Time” — both former No. 1s — land at No. 3 and No. 4 this week. Andy Griggs enters the Top 5 with “If Heaven,” ahead of Chesney’s “Anything but Mine” (another former No. 1) at No. 6. Joe Nichols’ “What’s a Guy Gotta Do,” Trace Adkins’ “Songs About Me” and Urban’s “Making Memories of Us” ascend to No. 7 through No. 9. Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone” tumbles seven spots to No. 10.
Numerous songs featured on upcoming albums are racing toward the Top 10. Dierks Bentley’s “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do” (No. 11), Toby Keith’s “Honkytonk U” (No. 12) and George Strait’s “You’ll Be There” (No. 17) are the clear leaders. However, Bobby Pinson’s “Don’t Ask Me How I Know” (No. 25) and Van Zant’s “Help Somebody” (No. 32) continue to climb. And don’t discount Trisha Yearwood as her “Georgia Rain” enters the Top 40 this week, landing at No. 38. Brad Paisley’s “Alcohol” moves up 19 shots — um, slots — to No. 41.
Tennessee teenager Erika Jo, this year’s winner of Nashville Star, debuts at No. 53 with “I Break Things.” Mark Chesnutt’s “A Hard Secret to Keep” arrives at No. 59.
The Chapmans, a four-piece family band, debut on the bluegrass albums chart at No. 4 with Simple Man.