When it comes to first-week sales figures, the tally for Gary Allan’s Tough All Over is the best he’s ever had — with 99,662 copies sold. As a result, the dark but melodic album enters Billboard’s country sales chart at No. 1 and the all-genre Billboard 200 at No. 3.
Allan learned of the news while touring Australia. “I poured my soul into Tough All Over,” he said. “I have always spoken through my music, and I am very grateful that what I have to say continues to connect with the fans.” New albums from Alicia Keys and Nickelback prevented Allan from hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Gretchen Wilson’s All Jacked Up continues to sell well in its third week, spending its second week at No. 2. Sara Evans’ Real Fine Place falls from No. 1 to No. 3. She’s trailed by Faith Hill’s Fireflies, Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today, Keith Urban’s Be Here and Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life, at fourth through seventh place, respectively. Chris Cagle’s Anywhere but Here drops from No. 4 to No. 8. Dolly Parton’s Those Were the Days arrives at No. 9, and Brad Paisley’s Time Well Wasted re-enters the Top 10 at No. 10.
On Billboard’s country singles chart, Urban remains at No. 1 for a second week with “Better Life.” Craig Morgan catches a wave to No. 2 with “Redneck Yacht Club,” and Jamie O’Neal forges ahead to No. 3 with “Somebody’s Hero.” Montgomery Gentry dip to No. 4 with “Something to Be Proud Of,” a former No. 1. Josh Gracin’s “Stay With Me (Brass Bed)” stays at No. 5, followed by Rascal Flatts’ “Skin (Sarabeth),” LeAnn Rimes’ “Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way” and Kenny Chesney’s “Who You’d Be Today.” New to the Top 10 are Lonestar’s “You’re Like Comin’ Home” at No. 9 and Dierks Bentley’s “Come a Little Closer” at No. 10.
Only two new songs debut this week: Hot Apple Pie’s “We’re Makin’ Up” at No. 58 and Hanna-McEuen’s “Tell Me” at No. 59.