LeAnn Rimes’ Family is this week’s highest entry on Billboard’s country albums chart, but it lacks the sales muscle to knock Rascal Flatts’ Still Feels Good out of the No. 1 spot it has occupied for three consecutive weeks. Thus, Family has to settle for a not-too-shabby No. 2 slot.
After an eight-week climb, Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” takes over the country singles chart, elbowing Toby Keith’s “Love Me If You Can” back to No. 2.
Kid Rock, who delves into his country influences from time to time, sold 170,000 copies of his new Rock N Roll Jesus album to rack up his first No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. He is not categorized as a country artist by Billboard.
However, making first appearances on this week’s country albums rankings are Sara Evans’ Greatest Hits (No. 4), Van Zant’s My Kind of Country (No. 10), Deana Carter’s The Chain (No. 60) and the Charlie Daniels Band’s Deuces (No. 67).
Debuting songs are Rascal Flatts’ “Winner at a Losing Game” (No. 41) and Brad Paisley’s “Letter to Me” (No. 60). The re-entries are Heartland’s “Once a Woman Gets a Hold of Your Heart” (No. 56), Bon Jovi and LeAnn Rimes’ “Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore” (No. 57) and Bomshel’s “The Power of One” (No. 59).
Billy Ray Cyrus enjoys a boost on both charts. His CD, Home at Last, rebounds from No. 37 to No. 22 in its 12th week out, and his current song, “Ready, Set, Don’t Go,” snaps from No. 48 to No. 33, also after 12 weeks.
The other Top 5 albums are Reba McEntire’s Reba Duets (No. 3) and Chesney’s Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates (No. 5). Kenny Rogers’ 21 Number Ones re-enters at No. 73.
Two songs break into the Top 5: Dierks Bentley’s “Free and Easy Down the Road I Go,” vagabonding from No. 7 to No. 4, and Carrie Underwood’s “So Small,” inching from No. 8 to No. 5. Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This” advances to No. 3.
There are so many more numbers I could cite. But that would just feed your addiction.