This week’s Billboard country chart-toppers are the same as last’s — George Strait holding the No. 1 album spot with Troubadour and Trace Adkins boasting the most-played song with “You’re Gonna Miss This” (for the third consecutive week).
Two new albums make their bow — James Otto’s Sunset Man, soaring in at No. 2, and Jeff Bates’ self-titled collection, his first since leaving RCA, marching in at No. 32. Returning to the charts are the multi-artist package, Country’s Got Hits (No. 70) and Whiskey Falls’ self-titled CD (No. 75).
Alan Jackson’s “Good Time,” the title cut of his current album, arrives at No. 42 as the week’s highest-charting debut single. First-timers on the songs chart are Point of Grace’s “How You Live (Turn Up the Music)” at No. 56 and Rodney Atkins’ “Invisibly Shaken” at No. 57. The re-entries are Mica Roberts and Toby Keith’s “Things a Mama Don’t Know” (No. 59) and Cross Canadian Ragweed’s “Cry Lonely” (No. 60).
Kenny Chesney’s new single, “Better as a Memory,” which made its debut only four weeks ago, is racing up the charts and leaped this week from No. 21 to No. 15.
In the Top 5 album territory, directly below Strait and Otto, are Taylor Swift, Jackson’s Good Time and Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride. Parading, in order, just behind Adkins on the songs chart are Strait’s “I Saw God Today,” Otto’s “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” Chris Cagle’s “What Kinda Gone” and Swift’s “Picture to Burn.”
Be patient. More new albums are coming your way soon.