Gary Allan, Kenny Chesney Take Over the Charts

Mary Chapin Carpenter Makes Triumphant Return

Gary Allan bounds to the top of Billboard’s country album charts this week with his first Greatest Hits collection. Commanding the singles chart is Kenny Chesney, whose “Beer in Mexico” finally bubbles to No. 1.

This is Allan’s second album in a row to enter at the peak, the first being Tough All Over in October 2005.

A bit farther down the slopes, Mary Chapin Carpenter makes a triumphant return with The Calling, which checks in at No. 10. Confirming Johnny Cash’s enduring appeal, Cash: Ultimate Gospel bows at No. 34. There are two re-entries: Jerry Lee Lewis’ Last Man Standing: The Duets, which returns at No. 54, and Montgomery Gentry’s Something to Be Proud Of: The Best of 1999-2005, squeezing in at No. 75.

Lined up in descending order directly behind Allan are Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts, the Dixie Chicks’ Taking the Long Way, Rascal Flatts Me and My Gang and Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut. Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ride spins from No. 10 to No. 7.

Debuting on the singles chart are George Strait’s “Wrapped” (No. 42), Terri Clark’s “Dirty Girl” (No. 51), Lee Brice’s “She Ain’t Right” (No. 54) and Rodney Atkins’ “These Are My People” (No. 57). Returning to the list are Blue County’s “I Get To” (bobbing up at No. 56) and Jason Michael Carroll’s “Livin’ Our Love Song” (edging back at No. 60).

Among the Top 5 songs, Tim McGraw’s “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” soars from No. 5 to No. 2, Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys” slips from No. 1 to No. 3, Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” holds at No. 4 for the second week and Atkins’ “Watching You” drops from No. 3 to No. 5.

Oh, yeah, welcome to spring. There are a lot of albums almost ready to bloom.

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