Dixie Chicks Continue Reign on Album Charts

Kenny Chesney Scores Another No. 1 Single With "Summertime"

Despite speculation about low ticket demand for the Dixie Chicks’ upcoming Accidents & Accusations tour, the trio’s new album retains the top roost of Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart and the all-genre Billboard 200 for a second consecutive week.

Although sales of Taking the Long Way dipped 48 percent — to 271,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan — such declines are typical in the second week of an album’s release.

Meanwhile back at the country singles ranch, Kenny Chesney has notched another No. 1 with “Summertime” as LeAnn Rimes climbs to second place with “Something’s Gotta Give.” After topping last week’s chart, Dierks Bentley’s “Settle for a Slowdown” drops to No. 3 while Phil Vassar spends a second week at No. 4 with “Last Day of My Life.” Rising one level each are Tim McGraw’s “When the Stars Go Blue” (No. 5) and Brad Paisley’s “The World” (No. 6). Jason Aldean recent No. 1, “Why,” slips to No. 7. Rounding out the Top 10 again this week, in descending order, are Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” Joe Nichols’ “Size Matters (Someday)” and Keith Anderson’s “Every Time I Hear Your Name.”

Only two new singles debuted this week, but both of them are co-written by Big & Rich’s John Rich. Gretchen Wilson debuts at No. 53 with “California Girls,” and Faith Hill emerges at No. 57 with “Sunshine and Summertime.”

With the Chicks at No. 1 on the country albums chart, Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang and Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts are in second and third place, respectively, for another week. Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 rises two notches to No. 4, Toby Keith’s White Trash With Money holds at No. 5 and the Wreckers’ Stand Still, Look Pretty moves from No. 4 to No. 6 in its second week of release. On the upswing are Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories (No. 7) and The Legend of Johnny Cash (No. 8). Keith Urban’s Be Here falls slightly to No. 8, and Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today climbs one rung to close out the Top 10.

No new country albums debuted this week, although significant sales increases were noted for Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life (No. 11) and the film soundtrack for A Prairie Home Companion (No. 69).

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