Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins Continue Chart Reign

Lee Ann Womack, Kenny Chesney Lead List of New Singles

Rascal Flatts, the Dixie Chicks, Rodney Atkins and Toby Keith continue to cling to the top spots on Billboard’s country charts this week, but a flurry of fresh singles provide an indication of what you’ll be hearing on your favorite country radio station in the weeks to come.

With Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang sticking around at the top of the country albums list, the Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way remains in second place. And on the singles side, Atkins holds on at No. 1 with “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” while Keith is just a few spins behind to spend another week at No. 2 with “A Little Too Late.”

Two singles demonstrating added momentum for the week are the Wreckers’ “Leave the Pieces” (jumping from No. 5 to No. 3) and Gary Allan’s “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” (leaping from No. 8 to No. 4). Brad Paisley’s recent No. 1, “The World,” continues a decline, falling one space to No. 5. Staying steady this week are Kenny Chesney’s “Summertime” (No. 6) and Rascal Flatts’ “Me and My Gang” (No. 7). Steve Holy’s “Brand New Girlfriend” ascends two notches to No. 8, Little Big Town, “Bring It on Home” remains at No. 9 and Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” takes a significant tumble from No. 3 to complete the Top 10.

Lee Ann Womack claims the week’s highest-debuting single. Having moved from MCA Nashville to its sister label, Mercury, Womack arrives at No. 46 with “Finding My Way Back Home.”

Kenny Chesney debuted at No. 47 with “You Save Me,” but it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict a speedy ascent on the charts. Interest in the track will likely be magnified after a nine-minute music video for the song premiered Thursday (Aug. 10) on CMT.

Four other proven hitmakers hit the charts with new singles this week, and they are LeAnn Rimes’ “Some People” (No. 50), Craig Morgan’s “Little Bit of Life” (No. 55), Phil Vassar’s “The Woman in My Life” (No. 56) and Joe Nichols’ “I’ll Wait for You” (No. 58).

Following Rascal Flatts and the Dixie Chicks on the country albums chart, Tim McGraw moves up three spaces to No. 3 with Greatest Hits Vol. 2. Slipping slightly are Johnny Cash’s American V: A Hundred Highways (No. 4) and Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts (No. 5). Josh Turner’s Your Man moves up one rung to No. 6. After debuting at No. 1 two weeks ago, Rodney Atkins If You’re Going Through Hell drops to No. 7. On the rise are the Wreckers’ Stand Still, Look Pretty (No. 8) and Toby Keith’s White Trash With Money (No. 9). Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories has the No. 10 spot for a second week.

Buck Owens’ 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection enters the country albums chart at No. 55 as the week’s most impressive debut. Although other compilations exist, this Rhino Records package marks the first time all of Owens’ biggest hits have been collected on a single disc.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder let their musical instruments do all the talking on their new release, Instrumentals, that debuts at No. 73. The project also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s bluegrass chart.

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.