Maintaining his incredible career momentum, Tim McGraw has notched his ninth No. 1 debut on Billboard’s country albums chart, selling 242,045 copies of Greatest Hits Vol. 2 in its first week of release. He also arrives at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (for all genres), just behind Southern rapper T.I.’s King, which sold a staggering 521,702 copies in its first week.
Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories slips to No. 2, trailed by The Legend of Johnny Cash at No. 3, Carrie Underwood’s triple-platinum Some Hearts at No. 4 and the Walk the Line soundtrack at No. 5. The latest offerings from Josh Turner, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers and Trace Adkins round out the Top 10.
Willie Nelson’s acclaimed You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker rises to No. 25 following news of Walker’s death last month. With a new hit single and an opening slot on Rascal Flatts’ newly-announced tour, sales for Gary Allan’s Tough All Over jump 18 percent to push him up 10 spaces to No. 29. Meanwhile, the soundtrack for Larry the Cable Guy’s film, Health Inspector, enters the chart at No. 32.
Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” hangs on to No. 1 for the second week on the country singles chart, fending off Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry” for a second week. Bon Jovi’s duet with Jennifer Nettles, “You Can’t Go Home Again,” climbs to No. 3, followed by Blake Shelton’s “Nobody but Me” at No. 4 and Toby Keith’s “Get Drunk and Be Somebody” — with all three songs gaining momentum.
At No. 6, Montgomery Gentry’s “She Don’t Tell Me To” is on the way down after peaking at No. 5 last week. Kenny Chesney’s “Living in Fast Forward” is at No. 7, followed by Brooks & Dunn’s “Believe,” Jack Ingram’s “Wherever You Are” and Turner’s “Your Man.” This is Ingram’s first Top 10 hit.
The Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice” gets an airplay boost this week, moving from No. 40 to No. 38. Four album tracks from Rascal Flatts’ new album, Me and My Gang (which will debut on the chart next week), also appear on the chart — “Me and My Gang” at No. 50, “Backwards” at No. 54, “Ellsworth” at No. 56 and “Pieces” at No. 57. Other new singles include the Wreckers’ “Leave the Pieces” at No. 53 and Emerson Drive’s “A Good Man” at No. 60.