Rodney Atkins Continues Chart Reign

Class of '89 Alums Travis Tritt, Clint Black Return to Country Albums Chart

Are you watching for Rodney Atkins’ “Watching You” to tumble off its No. 1 pedestal on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart? Well, you’ll have to come back later. Atkins’ single remains at the summit for the fourth consecutive week.

But a new collection did dislodge Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts from the peak of the albums chart. The new champ is the various-artists anthology called Totally Country 6, but even it includes Underwood’s hit, “Don’t Forget to Remember Me.”

Reliable Toby Keith makes the biggest single splash this week as his provocatively titled “High Maintenance Woman” flounces in at No. 37. Other new entries are Jason Aldean’s “Johnny Cash” (No. 44), Sarah Buxton’s “That Kinda Day” (No. 59) and Kellie Pickler’s “I Wonder” (No. 60).

There’s not much motion within the Top 5 singles. George Strait’s “It Just Comes Natural” stays stymied at No. 2. Brad Paisley’s “She’s Everything,” a former No. 1, holds at No. 3. Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys” moves up from No. 5 to No. 4, trading places with Aldean’s “Amarillo Sky.”

Underwood’s “Wasted” takes a giant step from No. 21 to No. 14. Bomshel’s “Bomshel Stomp” bounces from No. 60, where it entered last week, to No. 52. And Heartland’s “Built to Last” re-enters the chart at No. 58.

Tracy Lawrence returns to the charts this week with his first album in nearly three years. His For the Love rockets in at No. 6. Just ahead of him, besides the new chart-topper, are Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang (No. 2), Underwood’s Some Hearts (No. 3), Atkins’ If You’re Going Through Hell (No. 4) and Keith Urban’s Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing (No. 5).

Two members of the fabled Class of ’89 are back this week: The Very Best of Travis Tritt debuts at No. 21, while Clint Black’s The Love Songs flutters in at No. 70. The remaining new album is the various artists package from Madacy, Forever Country, which greets the public at No. 52.

Re-entering the album lineup are JC: Johnny Cash at No. 43 and Kenny Rogers at No. 46.

Look for the Grammy awards show Sunday (Feb. 11) to shake up the ensuing charts for a while.

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