It looks like “Hicktown” just got a little bit more crowded as Jason Aldean sold 28,726 copies of his self-titled debut album in its first week of release, entering the Billboard country albums chart at No. 6. Meanwhile, “Hicktown” — co-written by Big & Rich and Vicki McGehe — climbs to No. 20 on the trade publication’s country singles chart. It’s the second breakthrough success for Broken Bow Records, an independent label whose flagship artist is Craig Morgan.
Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Home overtakes Toby Keith’s Honkytonk University for the top slot, with Keith Urban’s Be Here at No. 3. George Strait’s Somewhere Down in Texas slips to No. 4, and Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life holds at No. 5.
Keith’s Greatest Hits 2 lands at No. 7 this week, just ahead of Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party at No. 8, Kenny Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down at No. 9 and Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color at No. 10.
For the fourth week, Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was” retains its No. 1 position atop the country singles airplay chart, with Sugarland’s “Something More” persistently clutching the No. 2 slot. Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl” inches up to No. 3, trailed by Rascal Flatts’ “Fast Cars and Freedom” at No. 4 and Brooks & Dunn’s “Play Something Country” at No. 5.
Brad Paisley taps into the No. 6 position with “Alcohol,” SHeDAISY’s “Don’t Worry ‘Bout a Thing” grows to No. 7 and Tim McGraw’s “Do You Want Fries With That” chills at No. 8. Sara Evans’ “A Real Fine Place to Start” enters the Top 10 at No. 9, and Urban’s “Making Memories of Us” rounds out the Top 10.
Wilson easily earns the week’s highest debut as “All Jacked Up” arrives at No. 21 on the singles chart. Her second album hits stores next month. Other new singles debuting this week include Hill’s “Like We Never Loved at All” at No. 51, Joe Nichols’ “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” at No. 59 and the Bellamy Brothers’ duet with Dolly Parton, “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me),” at No. 60.