Rascal Flatts Hold the Line

Trio Continue Ownership of Album and Singles Charts

Looks like they’re going to have to send in a SWAT team to topple Rascal Flatts from the top of Billboard’s country albums and singles charts. The fortunate trio’s Me and My Gang CD stays at No. 1 for the second straight week, while its single, “What Hurts the Most,” holds the summit for the fourth week in a row.

Because of Flatts’ sales muscle — more than 1 million copies out the door in just two weeks — Toby Keith’s new album, White Trash With Money, has to settle for a debut at No. 2. In doing so, he shoulders Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 back to the No. 3 spot. Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories and Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts also take a step backward to the No. 4 and 5 slots, respectively.

Johnny Cash’s music continues to make a strong showing with The Legend of Johnny Cash and the Walk the Line soundtrack standing at No. 7 and No. 9. Jeff Bates’ Leave the Light On makes its entry at a solid No. 12. Keith’s and Bates’ are the only two new albums that came on this week.

Shooter Jennings’ Electric Rodeo and actor John Corbett’s self-titled collection have both dropped precipitously from the entry perches they occupied last week. Jennings slides from No. 12 to 29 and Corbett from No. 45 to 59. Of the 75 albums on the chart, 29 have already made it to No. 1.

Traffic is still gridlocked on the singles listings, too. “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Jon Bon Jovi’s duet with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, spends it second week at No. 2. Keith’s “Get Drunk and Be Somebody” remains blocked at No. 3 for a second week. However, Jason Aldean’s “Why” hops from No. 9 to 4. Keith Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry” retreats from No. 4 to 5.

In his best showing ever, Jack Ingram continues to edge toward the top. His “Wherever You Are” advances from No. 7 to 6. Faith Hill’s “The Lucky One” scoots from No. 10 to 7.

There are only three new singles on the chart this week — Keith’s “A Little Too Late,” which comes in highest at No. 45; his friend and co-writer Scotty Emerick’s “What’s Up With That,” bowing at No. 56; and Ray Scott’s “Gone Either Way,” stepping in at No. 59.

Garth Brooks’ “That Girl Is a Cowboy” makes a healthy stride from No. 48, where it entered last week, to No. 42. Now up to No. 25, Kenny Rogers’ “I Can’t Unlove You” is his highest-charting effort since “Buy Me a Rose” went No. 1 in 2000.

The Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice” spends its second week at No. 37, a notch behind the single’s highest chart ranking to date. Sara Evans’ “Coalmine” stays at No. 60, where it debuted last week.

We could say the week was “ho hum,” but that would be glamorizing it.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.