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On the Charts - Billboards Country Singles & Albums

For week of August 30, 2003

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Alan Jackson Greatest Hits II

Alan Jackson Greatest Hits II

Alan Jackson tops both the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and the Billboard Country Albums chart with his duet with Jimmy Buffett, "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" and Greatest Hits, Vol. II, respectively. The single has been at the top of the singles chart for four weeks now and still has a bullet (meaning that it has a good chance of staying at No. 1 next week).

Hanging onto the No. 2 spot on the singles chart, Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," shows signs of dropping off, as does Brad Paisley's "Celebrity," at No. 3. Newcomer Dierks Bentley still has a bullet on his song, "What Was I Thinking" which sits at No. 4, and may move on up a spot or two. Rounding off the Top 5 is Shania Twain with "Forever and Always," which has also been politely waiting to move up the charts, but like Kenny and Brad's songs, hers has lost the bullet and looks to move downward next week.

Which song WILL be No. 1 next? I think it all depends on how long Alan holds onto the top spot. Brooks & Dunn's "Red Dirt Road" is moving back down the charts, after visiting the top, and beneath that at No. 7 is Tim McGraw's "Real Good Man. Always a contender for a No. 1 song, Tim's song has a bullet and looks to move up into the Top 5 next week. I would guess that if Alan's song drops a bit, Tim can capture the top spot next. Just my guess.

Another newcomer in the Top 10 is Buddy Jewell with "Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey's Song)." This song is sitting at No. 8 with a bullet. Trace Adkins' "Then They Do," (my favorite Trace song) is at 9, but without a bullet, looks to drop next week. Lonestar's "My Front Porch Looking In" rounds out the Top 10, and is dropping after spending time at the top.

Some new songs debuting on the charts this week are "I Love This Bar" from Toby Keith. (This is the first single from his upcoming November 4th release, Shock 'N Y'all. Also new this week is a song from the sorely missed Reba McEntire, called "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain." Miss Reba will be releasing a new album on November 18th with this song on it.

Moving back to the Country Album chart, we find Toby Keith in the No. 2 spot with his Unleashed album, followed close behind by Brooks & Dunn with Red Dirt Road, at No. 3, Kenny Chesney's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, at No. 4, and Shania's Up rounding out the Top 5 albums.

New albums this week are Sherrié Austin with Streets of Heaven which debuts at No. 22, which is quite good for an independent release. Deryl Dodd's Live at Billy Bob's Texas also on an indy label debuts at 61, and Tim O'Brien's Traveler debuts at 74.

NOTE: All chart rankings are based on the song or album's position on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart or Billboard Country Albums Chart for August 30, 2003.

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