Aaron Tippin's People Like Us Has Impressive Debut

Country singer's new album debuts at #5, the best chart position of his career.

NASHVILLEAaron Tippin shakes up the otherwise torpid top 10 of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart this week.

His People Like Us (RealAudio excerpt of title song) debuts at #5 on the chart, reflecting sales as measured by SoundScan. Not only is that Tippin's highest debut position for an album, it's also higher than the peak positions reached by his previous seven albums, none of which rose higher than #6.

LeAnn Rimes' "I Need You" (RealAudio excerpt) holds the #1 spot for the second straight week on the Billboard Top Country Singles chart. Billy Gilman's "One Voice" remains at #2, Jo Dee Messina's "That's the Way" stays at #3, Faith Hill's "Breathe" is again at #4 and Darryl Worley's "When You Need My Love" (RealAudio excerpt) is still at #5.

Travis Tritt's "Best of Intentions" debuts at #6 on the singles chart. Billy Ray Cyrus' "You Won't Be Lonely Now" remains at #7, the Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl" slips from #6 to #8, Eric Heatherly's "Flowers on the Wall" remains at #9 and Patty Loveless' "That's the Kind of Mood I'm In" jumps from #13 to #10.

Also debuting this week are country comedian Bill Engvall's "Now That's Awesome" at #29 and John Rich's "I Pray for You" at #36.

Tippin's album is the only debut on the Top Country Albums chart this week. Otherwise, the top 10 remains similar to last week's: The Chicks' Fly is locked at #1, Hill's Breathe moves from #3 to #2, Gilman's One Voice slips from #2 to #3, Lee Ann Womack's I Hope You Dance (RealAudio excerpt of title track) remains at #4, Shania Twain's Come On Over slides from #5 to #6, SheDaisy's The Whole Shebang goes from #6 to #7, the Chicks' Wide Open Spaces goes from #7 to #8, Tim McGraw's A Place in the Sun goes from #8 to #9, and Lonestar's Lonely Grille drops from #9 to #10. Last week's highest debut, the Kinleys' The Kinleys: II, drops from #18 to #22.