Talk about a giant step! Rascal Flatts take the biggest one possible this week as its new album, Still Feels Good, strides into the top spot on both Billboard's country and all-genre charts.
You may recall that Flatts' CD edged in prematurely on the country chart last week at an anemic No. 75 after a few record stores jumped the gun and began selling the album before its street date. In its first week of official availability, Nielsen SoundScan reports that Still Feels Good, sold some 547,000 copies. That's a lot to still feel good about.
Brad Paisley must be smiling, too. After a 15-week climb, his "Online" now tops the Billboard's country singles chart, having nudged Rascal Flatts' tenacious "Take Me There" into second place.
Four new titles have popped up on the country chart, led by Steve Earle's Washington Square Serenade at No. 10. Bobbing in his wake are Kevin Fowler's Bring It On (No. 14) and Whiskey Falls' self-titled CD (No. 25). Ricky Skaggs and the Whites' Salt of the Earth arrives at No. 45. Returning to the list are Martina McBride's Timeless, back at No. 52, and Dolly Parton's 16 Biggest Hits, resurfacing at No. 61.
Making their first-time bow on the song chart are Rascal Flatts' "Still Feels Good" (No. 56), Andy Griggs' "What If It's Me" (No. 59) and Heartland's "Once a Woman Gets a Hold of Your Heart" (No. 60). Re-entering tunes are Parton's "Better Get to Livin'" (No. 52) and Kenny Chesney and George Strait's "Shiftwork" (No. 57).
The remaining Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Reba McEntire's Reba Duets, Chesney's Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, Taylor Swift's self-titled debut and Rascal Flatts' Me and My Gang.
Rounding out the Top 5 songs in the same sequence are Toby Keith's "Love Me If You Can," Brooks & Dunn's "Proud of the House We Built" and Chesney's "Don't Blink."
Garth Brooks' "More Than a Memory" moves from No. 8 to No. 10.
And I move we adjourn.