Reba Rules Album Charts

New Tunes From Faith Hill, Rodney Atkins, Eric Church

Reba McEntire’s Reba Duets was the best-selling album in America this past week. With sales of 300,536 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the collection now tops both Billboard‘s country album chart and the Billboard 200 all-genre listing.

On the songs chart, Rascal Flatts’ “Take Me There” holds the No. 1 perch for the third week.

McEntire’s onslaught topples Kenny Chesney’s Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates from the No. 1 spot, where it debuted last week, to a still-vigorous No. 2. No doubt spurred by the power of Reba Duets, the CD Reba #1′s bounds from No. 40 to No. 33.

Also breaking into the album chart this week are Emmylou Harris’ Songbird: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems at No. 49 and Rascal Flatts’ Still Feels Good at No. 75. Because the latter album was officially released this week, it shouldn’t be showing up on the rankings until next week — at which time it will probably enter at No. 1. But a representative of Lyric Street Records, Rascal Flatts’ label, speculates to CMT.com that a few record stores jumped the gun and started selling the album early. Thus the low chart number.

Returning to the album chart is Joe Nichols’ III, coming back at No. 74. Rissi Palmer’s “Country Girl” also makes an encore visit to the songs chart, stepping in at No. 56.

There are five new songs: Faith Hill’s “Red Umbrella” (No. 45), Rodney Atkins’ “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)” (No. 54), Eric Church’s “Sinners Like Me” (No. 58), Kellie Pickler’s “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind” (No. 59) and Bomshel’s “The Power of One” (No. 60).

Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory” slips from No. 7 to No. 8.

Rounding out the Top 5 albums are Taylor Swift’s self-titled CD (No. 3), Tim McGraw’s Let It Go (No. 4) and Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear (No. 5).

The other Top 5 songs are Paisley’s “Online” (No. 2), Toby Keith’s “Love Me If You Can” (No. 3), Brooks & Dunn’s “Proud of the House We Built” (No. 4) and Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” (No. 5).

It seems odd to have a chart story that doesn’t mention Carrie Underwood. So I’ll point out that her hardy debut album, Some Hearts, this week beats at No. 8. Now all is well.

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