Powered by a first-week sales total of 61,000 copies, Bucky Covington's self-titled debut CD vaults to the top of Billboard's country albums chart. That effort was also good enough to earn the American Idol alumnus the No. 4 spot on the all-genre Billboard 200.
Meanwhile, Covington's current single, "A Different World," edges up from No. 24 to No. 22 on the country singles list. Crowning that chart, as it has for three consecutive weeks, is Carrie Underwood's "Wasted."
Covington's sales splash holds Martina McBride's Waking Up Laughing in the same No. 2 spot it has occupied since its debut three weeks ago. On the upside, though, McBride scores the highest debut single of the week as her "How I Feel" barrels in at No. 52.
But wait! There's even more good news for the diminutive Kansan. After 79 weeks on the chart, Timeless, McBride's previous album, rebounds from No. 66 to No. 56, doubtless because of her other activity.
The remaining high-ranking albums this week are Tim McGraw's Let It Go (No 3), Underwood's Some Hearts (No. 4) and Clay Walker's first album for Curb Records, Fall, which enters the charts at a life-affirming No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 5 singles -- in descending order -- are Rascal Flatts' "Stand," Sugarland's "Settlin'," Billy Currington's "Good Directions" and Toby Keith's "High Maintenance Woman."
Vermin fanciers will rejoice to learn that Brad Paisley's "Ticks" infestation has spread from No. 11 to No. 8. Keith Urban's "I Told You So" is at No. 33 its second week out.
Besides McBride's entry, the only other new country single this week is Van Zant's "That Scares Me," weighing in at No. 54. However, Kenny Rogers' "Calling Me" (featuring Don Henley) returns to the chart at No. 60.
Three albums have re-entered, including self-titled packages from Chris Young and Beverly Mitchell at No. 73 and No. 74, respectively. Gary Allan's Tough All Over is at No. 75.