The Dixie Chicks and Kenny Chesney: Still There at Top of Charts

Trent Willmon and Rascal Flatts Blaze Onto Charts

The Great Summer Sleep-In continues with the Dixie Chicks and Kenny Chesney maintaining their firm perch atop Billboard’s country charts. For the fourth week, the Chicks’ Taking the Long Way is country’s best-selling album, while Chesney’s “Summertime” logs in as the most played single for the third week.

Waiting in place for “Summertime” to end are Phil Vassar’s “Last Day of My Life” at No. 2, Brad Paisley’s “The World” at No. 3 and Tim McGraw’s “When the Stars Go Blue” at No. 4. Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” steps into the No. 5 niche from No. 6.

After having spent eons at the peak of the album chart, Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang is clinging just as tenaciously to the No. 2 spot, where it’s been since the Chicks’ flew in. At No. 3 is Underwood’s Some Hearts, followed in order by Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories and the various artists package, Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road.

This week’s highest-debuting album and single, respectively, are Trent Willmon’s A Little More Livin’ , which breaks through at No. 19, and Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is a Highway,” arriving at No. 48.

Other new album are Blaine Larsen’s Rockin’ You Tonight, entering at No. 23, and the Del McCoury Band’s The Promised Land, making its bow at No. 61. Also debuting on the singles chart are Lonestar’s “Mountains” (rising up at No. 53), Bomshel’s “Ain’t My Day to Care” (exploding at No. 58) and Taylor Swift’s “Tim McGraw,” (tipping its hat at No. 60).

Albums showing momentum include the soundtrack to A Prairie Home Companion, which streaks from No. 53 to No. 35, and Roy D. Mercer’s Black & Blue, striding from No. 38 to No. 31. Danielle Peck’s self-titled CD entered the chart last week at No. 23 and retreats this week to No. 41.

Chess anyone?

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