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Alan Jackson's Grip Tightens at Chart Positions
Now in its fifth week of release, Alan Jackson's 11th album continues to gain momentum. Fueled by sales this week of more than 184,000 copies, according to SoundScan, Jackson's Drive not only holds onto its No. 1 ranking on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, it also returns to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, which reflects sales across all music genres.

In doing so, Jackson knocks Jennifer Lopez from the top of the 200 chart and again holds back Creed. Jackson has now sold well over 2 million copies of Drive.

The durable soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? rebounds into the No. 2 position on the country album chart. The multi-artist collection Totally Country: 17 New Chart-Topping Hits drops to No. 3. Garth Brooks' Scarecrow remains at No. 4 and Toby Keith's Pull My Chain stays at No. 5.

Rounding out the Top 10, in descending order, are Tim McGraw's Set This Circus Down, Steve Holy's Blue Moon, Rascal Flatts' self-titled debut album, Martina McBride's Greatest Hits and the Coyote Ugly soundtrack.

Australian country singer Kasey Chambers' second album, Barricades and Brickwalls, debuts at No. 13 on the Top Country Albums chart. Ray Stevens' Osama-Yo' Mama: The Album comes on the country album chart at No. 29. The Essential Johnny Cash debuts at No. 36.

Three Waylon Jennings albums enter the chart this week in the wake of his death on Feb. 13. The Best of Waylon Jennings: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection hits at No. 67, RCA Country Legends: Waylon Jennings charts at No. 70 and Never Say Die: Live lands at No. 71.

Holy maintains his No. 1 rank for the fifth straight week on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Brad Paisley's "Wrapped Around" remains at No. 2 and "Bring on the Rain" by Jo Dee Messina with McGraw moves up a notch to No. 3. Brooks & Dunn's "The Long Goodbye" drops to No. 4 and McGraw's "The Cowboy in Me" holds at No. 5.

Filling out the Top 10, in descending order, are McBride's "Blessed," the Dixie Chicks' "Some Days You Gotta Dance," Kenny Chesney's "Young," Chris Cagle's "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out" and Joe Diffie's "In Another World."

Trace Adkins' "Help Me Understand" gains Billboard's Hot Shot Debut status, hitting the chart at No. 51. Paisley's "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" hits at No. 58. Jeff Carson's "Until We Fall Back in Love Again" charts at No. 60.

The new group Little Big Town debuts its first single, "Don't Waste My Time," at the No. 56 position.
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