Dixie Chicks Continue Country Chart Reign

Trace Adkins Hits No. 1 With "Ladies Love Country Boys"

The Dixie Chicks still aren’t getting any country radio airplay for music from their latest CD, Taking the Long Way, but their post-Grammy sales surge has lasted long enough to keep them at the pinnacle of Billboard’s country albums chart. However, country radio airplay is no problem for Trace Adkins, whose “Ladies Love Country Boys” now tops the music trade publication’s country singles chart.

After winning five Grammys in February, the Chicks saw the latest weekly sales of Taking the Long Way settle at 50,000 after spiking at 103,000 last week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. With his latest single at No. 1, Adkins’ latest album, Dangerous Man, has jumped from No. 16 to No. 12.

Following “Ladies Love Country Boys,” Rodney Atkins spends another week at No. 2 with his recent No. 1 single, “Watching You,” and Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” climbs one level to No. 3. After topping last week’s chart, George Strait’s “It Just Comes Natural” slips to No. 4. Kenny Chesney is at No. 5 with “Beer in Mexico” and Jason Michael Carroll at No. 6 with “Alyssa Lies.” Rising two notches each to No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, are Tim McGraw’s “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” and Carrie Underwood’s “Wasted.” And falling two spaces each to No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, are Martina McBride’s “Anyway” and Craig Morgan’s “Little Bit of Life.”

The only country single making its chart debut this week is Kenny Rogers’ “Calling Me,” a collaboration with Don Henley.

The Dixie Chicks’ rebound on the albums chart is keeping Underwood’s Some Hearts at No. 2 for a second consecutive week. Holding steady at No. 3 and No. 4 are Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang and Urban’s Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing. Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut CD is at No. 5, followed by Atkins’ If You’re Going Through Hell at No. 6. After debuting at No. 1 and then slipping to No. 9, Carroll’s Waitin’ in the Country moves to No. 7 in its third week of release. Josh Turner’s Your Man is at No. 8, followed by Brad Paisley’s Time Well Wasted and, at No. 10, Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ride.

Although no new country albums debuted on this week’s chart, Ronnie Milsap is beginning to feel the effects of his tour with Strait. Milsap’s latest album, My Life, re-enters the chart at No. 54.

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.