Not that Ron White's career potential would ever be underestimated by those who follow the Blue Collar Comedy franchise, but the Texan made a major stride this week when his new album, You Can't Fix Stupid, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's country albums chart and No. 14 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
And while White's latest success is cause to toast him with a glass of 25-year-old Scotch, his sales fell short of knocking Carrie Underwood out of the top spot on Billboard's country albums and singles charts. Her debut album, Some Hearts, is spending its 11th week at No. 1, and the single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," is now in its sixth week at the top.
Underwood got some competition two weeks ago when Josh Turner's Your Man debuted at No. 1 on the country albums chart, but Turner slipped to No. 2 last week and No. 3 this week. Totally Country 5, a multi-artist compilation of recent hits, enters the country chart at No. 4, while Rascal Flatts' Feels Like Today spends another week at No. 5. Slipping three slots to land in sixth and seventh place, respectively, are The Legend of Johnny Cash and Trace Adkins' Songs About Me. Faith Hill's Fireflies rebounded from No. 15 to No. 8 after she and husband Tim McGraw had a TV visit with Oprah Winfrey. Keith Urban's Be Here slides three rungs to land at No. 9. Sugarland's Twice the Speed of Life dips two spaces to close out the Top 10.
The Yonder Mountain String Band's Mountain Tracks: Volume 4 is the only other country-oriented album to debut this week and lands at No. 63.
With "Jesus, Take the Wheel" still steering the country singles chart, Brad Paisley remains at No. 2 for a second week with "When I Get Where I'm Going." Ascending this week are Turner's "Your Man" (to No. 3) and Urban's "Tonight I Wanna Cry" (to No. 4). Kenny Chesney's "Living in Fast Forward" is in a fast upward mode, jumping four rungs to No. 5. It's hard to tell whether it's showing the signs of aging, but Adkins' "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" sags for a second week to fall from No. 3 to No. 6. Rascal Flatts are on a speedy climb by moving up four levels to No. 7 with "What Hurts the Most." Falling one notch each are Sugarland's "Just Might (Make Me Believe)" and McGraw's "My Old Friend" -- stopping in eight and ninth place, respectively. Montgomery Gentry's "She Don't Tell Me To" becomes the duo's latest Top 10 hit after moving from No. 13.
Hill has the highest-debuting single of the week. "The Lucky One," the latest single from Fireflies enters the chart at No. 47. And with her record label acknowledging that "Jesus, Take the Wheel" will eventually fall from grace, Underwood's new single, "Don't Forget to Remember Me," makes its chart debut at No. 54.