If you’re looking for the year’s first impressive country debut, Josh Turner is your man. His sophomore album, Your Man, enters Billboard’s country album chart at No. 1, selling 101,808 copies in its first week. Turner also arrives on the Billboard 200 (for all genres) at No. 2, behind pop/opera quartet Il Divo’s Ancora.
Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood continues to outsell pretty much everybody in Nashville, as Some Hearts dips to No. 2. The Legend of Johnny Cash lands at No. 3, followed by Trace Adkins’ Songs About Me at No. 4 and Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today at No. 5.
Kenny Rogers collected his biggest hits for 21 Number Ones, and it paid off with a strong No. 6 debut. The latest albums from Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Sugarland and the Walk the Line soundtrack round out the Top 10.
Other notable debuts include Rosanne Cash’s intensely poetic Black Cadillac at No. 19, Elvis #1 Singles at No. 62 and Golden Legends — Kenny Rogers at No. 70.
Underwood is still at No. 1 with “Jesus, Take the Wheel” — lodged there for the fourth week in a row. Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” is just, um, behind her at No. 2. Brad Paisley’s collaboration with Dolly Parton, “When I Get Where I’m Going” climbs to No. 3, ahead of George Strait’s “She Let Herself Go” at No. 4 and Billy Currington’s “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right.”
The rest of the Top 10 is slowly edging toward the summit: Faith Hill’s “Like We Never Loved at All” (No. 6), Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend” (No. 7), Turner’s “Your Man” (No. 8), Sugarland’s “Just Might (Make Me Believe) (No. 9) and Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry” (No. 10).
New singles include actor John Corbett’s “Good to Go” at No. 48, Clint Black’s “Drinkin’ Songs and Other Logic” at No. 54, Cross Canadian Ragweed’s “This Time Around” at No. 58 and John Pierce’s “I’d Still Have You” at No. 59.
The bluegrass albums chart has a few new entries as well: Mike Marshall and Chris Thile’s Live Duets at No. 6, The Gibson Brothers’ Red Letter Day at No. 8 and Hayseed Dixie’s A Hot Piece of Grass at No. 9.