A few days before their new album arrives in stores, Rascal Flatts have another No. 1 hit on their hands. “What Hurts the Most,” the first single from the trio’s Me and My Gang album, reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s country singles chart.
The song knocks Kenny Chesney’s “Living in Fast Forward” to No. 3, with Keith Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry” moving up to No. 2.
“Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” the duet with Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles, holds steady at No. 4, followed by Montgomery Gentry’s “She Don’t Tell Me To” at No. 5, Blake Shelton’s “Nobody but Me” at No. 6 and Toby Keith’s “Get Drunk and Be Somebody” at No. 7. Josh Turner’s “Your Man” slides to No. 8, Sara Evans’ “Cheatin'” stalls at No. 9 and Brooks & Dunn’s still-rising “Believe” closes out the Top 10.
After only three weeks, the Dixie Chicks’ latest single may have run out of steam at country radio. “Not Ready to Make Nice” loses airplay from last week and falls four spaces to No. 40.
Diamond Rio’s “God Only Cries” lands at No. 53 as the week’s highest-debuting single. The song will appear on their forthcoming hits album. Outrageous female duo Bomshel enter the chart for the first time, at No. 59, with “Country Music Love Song.”
Alan Jackson gracefully returns to No. 1 on the country albums chart with Precious Memories, a reverent collection of favorite hymns and gospel songs originally recorded for his mother and mother-in-law. The Legend of Johnny Cash remains at No. 2, trailed by Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts at No. 3 and the Walk the Line soundtrack at No. 4.
Kenny Rogers makes a splash at No. 5 with Water & Bridges, his first album since returning to the Capitol Nashville label. Landing at No. 15 on the all-genre Billboard 200, it’s Rogers’ highest position on the albums charts since his 1983 album, Eyes That See in the Dark, reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of his duet with Dolly Parton, “Islands in the Stream.” Rogers’ impressive 21 Number Ones also jumps seven places — to No. 16 — on the country albums chart.
With Turner’s Your Man at No. 6, the latest albums from Turner, Rascal Flatts, Urban, Trace Adkins and Van Morrison round out the country Top 10.
The budget-priced Golden Legends: Johnny Cash is the week’s only other debut, entering at No. 70. On the bluegrass chart, Keller Williams & the Keels’ new album, Grass, sprouts at No. 3.