Cash and Underwood Still On Top of Charts

Man in Black Claims Five of Top Spots on Catalog Sales List

With Carrie Underwood continuing to top Billboard’s chart of current country albums, Johnny Cash claims five of the Top 7 positions on the trade publication’s list of older albums. His sales could experience another spike next week after Walk the Line, the film about his life, resulted in three wins earlier this week at the Golden Globe awards.

Topping Billboard’s Top Country Catalog Albums chart is Cash’s 16 Biggest Hits, a CD released more than six years ago. The catalog albums chart reflects reissues and older albums that have fallen below No. 100 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

In second place on the catalog chart is Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits and Keith Urban’s Golden Road. But in fourth through seventh place, respectively, are four more Cash titles — The Essential Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, American IV: The Man Comes Around and Super Hits.

On Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, The Legend of Johnny Cash comes in at No. 2 — just behind Underwood’s debut album, Some Hearts. Fueled by the badonkadonk, Trace Adkins’ Songs About Me climbs two spaces to No. 3, followed by Kenny Chesney’s The Road and the Radio, which remains at No. 4 for a second week. Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today falls three slots to No. 5, Urban’s Be Here rises to No. 6, Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life ascends to No. 7 and Faith Hill’s Fireflies falls to No. 6. The Walk the Line — which features actor Joaquin Phoenix singing Cash’s songs — somehow climbs to No. 9. And Reba McEntire’s Reba #1’s slips a notch to round out the Top 10.

Jack Ingram has the only album debuting this week. Live: Wherever You Are, his first project for Big Machine Records, enters the chart at No. 33 to mark his biggest initial sales week of his 13-album career.

Not only is Underwood topping the albums chart, she’s also heading up the country singles chart with “Jesus, Take the Wheel” while George Strait’s latest No. 1, “She Let Herself Go,” stays at No. 2 for a second week. Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” wiggles its way up to No. 3 as Billy Currington’s “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” falls to No. 4. “When I Get Where I’m Going,” Brad Paisley’s recording with Dolly Parton, climbs two spaces to No. 5. McGraw’s “My Old Friend” also logs a two-level rise to No. 6. Garth Brooks’ “Good Ride Cowboy,” which peaked at No. 3, slips two more spaces to land at No. 7. Dierks Bentley’s “Come a Little Closer” also falls two rungs to settle at No. 8. Sugarland’s “Just Might (Make Me Believe)” — written solely by Kristen Hall, who this week announced her departure from the group — jumps to No. 9 from No. 12. Little Big Town’s “Boondocks” dips slightly to No. 10.

Bentley has the week’s highest-debuting single with “Settle for a Slowdown,” which shows up at No. 47. Other new singles entering the chart are Joe Nichols’ “Size Matters (Someday)” (No. 55) and Little Big Town’s “Bring It on Home” (No. 57).

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