While the good news was overshadowed by Tuesday's (Sept. 20) death of her 72-year-old father, Trisha Yearwood sold more than 117,000 copies of her new album, Jasper County, in its first week of release to top Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
On the all-genre Billboard 200, Jasper County debuted at No. 4, just behind the chart-topping debut of rapper Paul Wall's The Peoples Champ and the No. 3 arrival of Christian rock band Switchfoot's Nothing Is Sound. Yearwood's first-week sales eclipsed those of Paul McCartney's heavily-publicized Chaos and Creation in the Backyard which debuted at No. 6.
On the country albums list, Rascal Flatts remain at No. 2 for a second week with Feels Like Today while Lonestar also made a strong showing by debuting at No. 3 with their new project, Coming Home. After three weeks at No. 1, Brooks & Dunn's Hillbilly Deluxe drops to No. 4 as Faith Hill's Fireflies slips a notch to No. 5, and Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted falls three levels to No. 6. The remaining titles in the Top 10 fall two notches each. In descending order, they are: Keith Urban's Be Here, Sugarland's Twice the Speed of Life, Toby Keith's Honkytonk University and Jason Aldean's self-titled debut album.
Two familiar hitmakers also debut on this week's country albums chart. George Jones' Hits I Missed ... and One I Didn't lands at No. 13, and Patty Loveless' Dreamin' My Dreams materializes at No. 29.
For a second week on Billboard's country singles chart, Sara Evans' "A Real Fine Place to Start" remains at the top while Montgomery Gentry's "Something to Be Proud Of" stays at No. 2. Making formidable swings upward are Craig Morgan's "Redneck Yacht Club" (to No. 3 from No. 6), Urban's "Better Life" (to No. 4 from No. 10) and Jamie O'Neal's "Somebody's Hero" (to No. 5 from No. 8).
Keith's recent No. 1, "As Good As I Once Was," is going away, dropping three spaces to No. 6. He's in good shape, however. Keith's new single, "Big Blue Note," is the first to be co-branded by DreamWorks Nashville and his own label, Show Dog Records. After just three weeks on the chart, the track has already climbed to No. 27.
Still climbing the Top 10 is Josh Gracin's "Stay With Me (Brass Bed)," rising four slots to No. 7. And just behind, Gretchen Wilson's "All Jacked Up" rises one notch to No. 8, and LeAnn Rimes' "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way" takes a five-level leap to No. 9. Brooks & Dunn's recent No. 1, "Play Something Country," tumbles from No. 5 to round out the Top 10.
No new singles debuted on this week country chart, but two re-entries are noted. Trace Adkins' "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" shows up at No. 56 and newcomer Brice Long's "Anywhere but Here" returns at No. 58.