As expected, Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride dominates the Billboard charts this week. With sales of more than 500,000 copies, as tallied by Nielsen SoundScan, the CD tops both the country and all-genre listings. In addition, it zooms to No. 1 on the top digital albums ranking with first-week sales of nearly 45,000 units.
Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink" continues as the reigning country song for the third consecutive week.
There are two other new country albums in this week's Top 5: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand at No. 2 and Gary Allan's Living Hard at No. 3. They are followed, in order, by Rascal Flatts' Still Feels Good and Reba McEntire's Reba Duets.
Making their debut farther down on the album chart are Dwight Yoakam's Dwight Sings Buck (No. 11), Shooter Jennings' The Wolf (No. 12), Rissi Palmer's self-titled collection (No. 56) and Slidawg and the Redneck Ramblers' A Blue Collar Christmas (No. 71).
The multi-artist albums Hear Something Country: Christmas and Three Wooden Crosses return at No. 72 and No. 74, respectively.
Debuting on the song chart are Whiskey Falls' "Load Up the Bases (The Baseball Song)" (No. 55), Brooks & Dunn's "God Must Be Busy" (No. 57) and Crossin Dixon's "Make You Mine" (No. 60). James Otto's "Just Got Started Lovin' You," which dropped off after only one week on the chart, has bounced back at No. 54.
Garth Brooks' record-setting "More Than a Memory" has slugged its way back into the spotlight, moving up from No. 6 to No. 4. The remaining Top 5 songs are Dierks Bentley's "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" (No. 2), Underwood's "So Small" (No. 3) and Tim McGraw's "If You're Reading This" (No. 5).
Predictably, Underwood's new album also bumped up the sales of her first CD, Some Hearts. Last week -- its 101st week out -- it sold 9,772 copies. This week, sales soared to 13,449.