Dierks Bentley Hits Chart Milestone

Hardworking Singer-Songwriter Tops Billboard's Country Charts

Dierks Bentley’s continuing journey hits a significant milestone this week as he simultaneously tops Billboard’s country albums and country singles chart. His third album, Long Trip Alone, debuts at No. 1, and “Every Mile a Memory” reaches the summit of the singles chart some 17 weeks after its release.

Additionally, Vince Gill and Lonestar join Bentley in shaking up the list of Top 10 country albums.

Following Bentley on the albums chart is George Strait’s It Just Comes Natural (which remains at No. 2) and Jimmy Buffett’s Take the Weather With You (which sails southward to No. 3 after debuting last week at No. 1). Gill debuts in fourth place with These Days, a four-CD collection containing 43 new songs he co-wrote. Alan Jackson’s Like Red on a Rose slips one level to No. 5 while Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts maintains a steady pulse at No. 6. Also falling slightly this week are Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang (to No. 7), Heartland’s I Loved Her First (to No. 8) and Josh Turner’s Your Man to No. 9. Lonestar’s new project, Mountains, debuts in 10th place.

Three other country albums debut this week. The all-star She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool: A Tribute to Barbara Mandrell enters at No. 25. The soundtrack to the new Tim McGraw film, Flicka, gallops in at No. 27. Another all-star collection, God’s Country: George Jones and Friends, arrives at No. 58.

On the country singles chart, Bentley’s “Every Mile a Memory” hit No. 1 by jumping over Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” which remains at No. 2 for a second week. Heartland’s first No. 1 single, “I Loved Her First,” falls to No. 3. Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” climbs three rungs to No. 4 as Kenny Chesney’s “You Save Me” and Keith Urban’s “Once in a Lifetime” spend another week at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Sugarland’s “Want To” rises one notch to No. 7, Turner’s “Would You Go With Me” tumbles to No. 8 and McGraw’s “My Little Girl” climbs to No. 9. Closing out the Top 10 is Strait’s recent charttopper, “Give It Away.”

Hitting the chart at No. 54, Gary Allan claims the highest-debuting single this week with “A Feelin’ Like That,” a song co-written by Kim Tribble, David Lee Murphy and Trick Pony’s Ira Dean. With Buffett’s music video for “Bama Breeze” already attracting attention, the single debuts at No. 58. Jimmy Wayne appears at No. 59 with “That’s All I’ll Ever Need,” and Rockie Lynne rolls in at No. 60 with “More.”

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.