Earlier this year, most country fans wouldn’t recognize Rodney Atkins’ name, even though he’s been on Curb Records for nearly a decade. Now the Tennessee native can boast a No. 1 hit, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows),” after 30 weeks of climbing Billboard’s country airplay chart. Presumably, Atkins is about as far from hell as he can be, considering his album of the same name debuted at the pinnacle of Billboard’s country chart last week.
However, Atkins better not get too comfortable because Toby Keith’s “It’s a Little Too Late” jumps two places to No. 2. After peaking last week at No. 2, Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” falls to No. 3. Brad Paisley’s “The World” turns up at No. 4, followed by the Wreckers’ “Leave the Pieces” at No. 5 and Kenny Chesney’s “Summertime” at No. 6. Rascal Flatts’ “Me and My Gang,” Gary Allan’s “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful,” Little Big Town’s “Bring It On Home” and Steve Holy’s “Brand New Girlfriend” round out the Top 10.
Meanwhile, Sugarland’s “Want To,” the first release from their upcoming album, enters the chart at No. 36. Tim McGraw’s latest single, “My Little Girl,” arrives at No. 51. McGraw co-wrote the song, which can be found on his Greatest Hits Vol. 2 as well as the upcoming Flicka movie soundtrack. Sarah Buxton’s “Innocence” arrives at No. 56, with the Lost Trailers parking at No. 57 with “Why Me.”
Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang reclaims its No. 1 position on the country album chart, trailed by the Dixie Chicks’ Taking the Long Way at No. 2, Johnny Cash’s American V: A Hundred Highways at No. 3 and Atkins’ If You’re Going Through Hell at No. 4. Underwood’s Some Hearts lands at No. 5, ahead of McGraw’s second album of hits and Josh Turner’s Your Man, at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. “Yee Haw” singer Jake Owen debuts at No. 8 with Startin’ With Me. The Wreckers’ Stand Still, Look Pretty and Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories complete the Top 10.