Blake Shelton is still a relatively new artist, but this week's music charts make him look like an established superstar. Shelton's second album, The Dreamer, debuted in the Top 10 and his latest single, "The Baby," hit No. 1.
The Dreamer debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's
Top Country Albums chart, but it also entered the all-genre Billboard 200 at No. 8. "The Baby" ended Mark Wills' six-week ride atop Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks.
With Shelton at No. 1,
Terri Clark's "I Just Wanna Be Mad" climbs one position to No. 2. Wills' "19 Somethin'"
falls to No. 3, and Aaron Lines' "You Can't Hide Beautiful" remains at No. 4. Rising
on the country singles chart are Gary Allan's "Man to Man" (No. 5 from No. 6), Joe Nichols' "Brokenheartsville" (No. 6 from No. 9) and the Dixie
Chicks' "Travelin' Soldier" (No. 7 from No. 10). Chart declines are noted for Brad
Paisley's "I Wish You'd Stay" (No. 8 from No. 7), Emerson Drive's "Fall Into
Me" (No. 9 from No. 5) and George Strait's "She'll Leave You With a Smile" (No. 10
from No. 8).
Significant airplay increases are reflected for Kenny Chesney's
"Big Star" (No. 17) and Keith Urban's "Raining on Sunday" (No. 19). Two newcomers
on independent labels claim the highest-debuting singles of the week: Jerry Burkhart's "Cryin' Steel" (No. 56) and Renee McCrary's
"Angel" (No. 57). Songwriter Holly Lamar, whose credits include Faith Hill's "Breathe,"
debuts at No. 59 with "Unkissed."
Despite his triumph on the singles chart, Shelton stopped short of knocking the Dixie
Chicks' Home from the top of the country albums chart. With Shelton
at No. 2, Shania Twain's Up!
drops one notch to No. 3. With last week's chart reflecting less than seven days of sales, Alabama's
In the Mood: The Love Songs makes a meteoric rise, moving to No. 4 from No. 69. Dropping two positions each are Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (to No. 5) and Elvis Presley's ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits (to No. 6).
Toby Keith's Unleashed
dips one slot to No. 7, Hill's Cry falls three posts to No. 8
and Chesney's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems slips two positions
to No. 9. At No. 10 is Rascal Flatts' Melt,
which slides from No. 8.
Steve Wariner's Steal Another Day, the first
project for his own Selectone label, debuts at No. 31, and Bering Strait's self-titled debut album enters the chart at No.