Toby Keith is on the rebound. Three weeks after getting knocked out of the top spot on Billboard’s country album chart, Honkytonk University rebounds to No. 1. Meanwhile, his single “As Good As I Once Was” maintains its No. 1 position on the country airplay chart for the third week. Keith is still on the road with the Big Throwdown Tour II, with dates scheduled through Sept. 11.
Sugarland’s “Something More” climbs to No. 2 this week, trading places with Rascal Flatts’ “Fast Cars and Freedom” at No. 3. Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl” is planted at No. 4 for the third week, just ahead of Brooks & Dunn’s “Play Something Country” at No. 5, Brad Paisley’s “Alcohol” at No. 6 and George Strait’s “You’ll Be There” at No. 7.
Tim McGraw’s “Do You Want Fries With That” enters the Top 10 at No. 8. SHeDAISY’s “Don’t Worry ’Bout a Thing” ascends to No. 9, and Keith Urban’s gold single, “Making Memories of Us,” rounds out the Top 10. Farther down the chart, Trace Adkins’ “Arlington” picks up momentum, marching to No. 20.
Terri Clark’s “She Didn’t Have Time” earns the week’s highest debut, landing at No. 44. More notably, “Where We Both Say Goodbye” from Australia newcomer Catherine Britt and English royalty Sir Elton John enters at No. 49. (The song marks his debut on the country singles chart.) Other new singles include Josh Turner’s “Your Man” at No. 56, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage’s “I’ve Forgotten You” at No. 59 and Keni Thomas and BlackHawk’s “Gloryland” at No. 60.
The names didn’t change in the Top 10 country albums this week, but the positions did get a shake-up. Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today holds at No. 2, trailed by Strait’s Somewhere Down in Texas, Urban’s Be Here and Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life. Keith’s Greatest Hits 2 lands at No. 6, ahead of Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party, Kenny Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down, Willie Nelson’s reggae project Countryman and Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color.
Only one album debuts on the country chart — The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches & Highways, which includes a previously unreleased song, “The Connection.” Meanwhile, all-female string band Uncle Earl arrives on the bluegrass chart at No. 7 with She Waits for Night as Adrienne Young’s The Art of Virtue debuts at No. 15.