Wreckers Have Top 10 Single and Album

Rascal Flatts' Album Sales Overtake Dixie Chicks

What a week for the Wreckers. If anybody questioned whether country music fans would embrace a duo featuring pop singer-songwriter Michelle Branch and her friend, Jessica Harp, the answer came this week on Billboard’s country charts. Their debut single, “Leave the Pieces,” entered the Top 10 as a nice complement to their introductory album, Stand Still, Look Pretty, which has already spent several weeks in the upper reaches of the country chart.

The Wreckers’ single jumps from No. 11 to No. 8 after 16 weeks on the chart while their album moves from No. 9 to No. 7 in its eighth week of release.

Johnny Cash’s American V: A Hundred Highways has a lock on the top of the country albums chart for the second consecutive week, but weekly sales of Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang have now overtaken those of the Dixie Chicks’ new album, Taking the Long Way, for the first time since the Chicks’ album was released nine weeks ago.

With Flatts and the Chicks in second and third place, respectively, they’re followed in the Top 10 by Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts, Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 and Toby Keith’s White Trash With Money. With the Wreckers at No. 7, the remainder of the Top 10 consists of Josh Turner’s Your Man followed by The Legend of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr.’s That’s How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection.

Brad Paisley also spends his second consecutive week at No. 1 on the country singles list with “The World.” Holding steady in second through fifth place, respectively, for another week are Kenny Chesney’s “Summertime,” Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” Toby Keith’s “A Little Too Late” and Rodney Atkins’ “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).” Gary Allan ascends one position to land at No. 6 with “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful,” and Rascal Flatts move done one position to No. 7 with “Me and My Gang.” The Wreckers at are at No. 8 while Little Big Town’s “Bring It on Home” moves up to No. 9 as Phil Vassar’s “Last Day of My Life” drops four spaces to close out the Top 10.

The all-star tribute album, The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson, hits the country chart at No. 57 as the only title to debut this week. Likewise, Alan Jackson claims the only single debuting this week. “Like Red on a Rose,” the first single from his upcoming album, premieres at No. 42.

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.