Rodney Atkins Has No. 1 Song With “It’s America”

Rascal Flatts' Unstoppable Still Top Album

Rodney Atkins“It’s America” has ascended to No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart while Rascal FlattsUnstoppable holds the No. 1 perch for the second week on the top country albums chart.

Two albums make their debut this week: John Doe and the Sadies’ Country Club (at No. 39) and The Best of Trick Pony (No. 58). Returning to the chart are the companion various-artists collections, Bill Gaither Presents: Country Bluegrass Homecoming Volume One and Volume Two at No. 64 and No. 68, respectively.

New to the songs chart are Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” (No. 32), Joe Nichols’ “Believers” (No. 53) and Miranda Lambert’s “Dead Flowers” (No. 59). Staging comebacks are Pat Green’s “What I’m For” (re-entering at No. 55) and Lee Ann Womack’s “Solitary Thinkin'” (No. 56).

Arrayed in the No. 2 through No. 5 slots behind Unstoppable are Jason Aldean’s Wide Open, Swift’s Fearless, Keith Urban’s Defying Gravity and Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride, in that order.

Darius Rucker’s Learn to Live, a former No. 1 album, is on the rebound, taking a big leap this week from No. 10 to No. 6.

Among the current Top 5 songs, Rascal Flatts’ “Here Comes Goodbye” slips back to No. 2. At No. 3 is Aldean’s “She’s Country.” Underwood holds the No. 4 berth with “I Told You So.” And Tim McGraw completes the set with “Nothin’ to Die For.”

By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, the Top 75 country albums sold a mere 470,815 copies this week. That’s scary.

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