The Dixie Chicks are ruling the roost again as Taking the Long Way returns to No. 1 on Billboard’s country album chart. The trio won five Grammys earlier this month, including album of the year and country album of the year. The sales surge — from 12,700 to 103,000 copies for the week — officially pushed them past the 2-million mark for the title.
Carrie Underwood — a two-time Grammy winner this year — remains strong with Some Hearts at No. 2. The latest albums from Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Rodney Atkins round out the Top 5. Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut rises to No. 6, just ahead of Brad Paisley’s Time Well Wasted, Josh Turner’s Your Man, Jason Michael Carroll’s Waitin’ in the Country (which falls from No. 1 to No. 9) and the multi-artist Totally Country 6.
No new albums debuted on the country chart this week.
Meanwhile, George Strait’s “It Just Comes Natural” tops the country airplay chart, knocking Atkins’ “Watching You” down a notch. Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys” climbs to No. 3, followed by Urban’s “Stupid Boy” at No. 4, Paisley’s “She’s Everything” at No. 5 and Carroll’s “Alyssa Lies” at No. 6. Martina McBride is up to No. 7 with “Anyway.” She is trailed by Craig Morgan’s “A Little Bit of Life,” Kenny Chesney’s “Beer in Mexico” and Tim McGraw’s “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” at No. 8 through No. 10, respectively.
In the middle of the chart, Toby Keith is plowing through the competition. In its second week on the chart, “High Maintenance Woman” is already at No. 22. Gretchen Wilson isn’t so lucky, as “Come to Bed” is only at No. 32 after 14 weeks. Both tracks are the lead-off singles to albums expected in the coming months.
Big & Rich get warm and fuzzy on their new love song, “Lost in This Moment,” which earns the week’s highest debut at No. 41. Other new singles include Swift’s “Teardrops on My Guitar” at No. 46, Lonestar’s “Nothing to Prove” at No. 56, the Randy Rogers Band’s “One More Goodbye” at No. 59 and Little Texas’ “Missing Years” at No. 60.