NASHVILLE Singer Jo Dee Messina does the unthinkable this week and dislodges the Dixie Chicks from their secure spot atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, which reflects sales as measured by SoundScan.
In its first week, Messina's album Burn lands at #1, knocking the Chicks' Fly down to #2. Further shaking up the previously static top 10 is the soundtrack from the new movie "Coyote Ugly," which debuts at #6. Country singer LeAnn Rimes has four new songs on that soundtrack.
Also on the "Coyote Ugly" soundtrack are new country singers Tamara Walker with "Didn't We Love" and Mary Griffin with "We Can Get There," as well as the Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Rimes also has a cameo appearance in the film and provides the singing voice for actress Piper Perabo's character.
Burn also debuts at #19 on the multigenre Billboard 200 albums chart, and the "Coyote Ugly" soundtrack opens on that listing at #61.
On the Top Country Albums chart, Faith Hill's Breathe moves from #2 to #3, Billy Gilman's One Voice drops from #3 to #4, Lee Ann Womack's I Hope You Dance goes from #4 to #5, SHeDAISY's The Whole SHeBANG remains at #7, Aaron Tippin's People Like Us drops from #5 to #8, Shania Twain's Come On Over slides from #6 to #9 and the Chicks' Wide Open Spaces drops from #8 to #10.
The only other new album on the chart this week is Chris LeDoux's Cowboy, which opens at #18.
On the Billboard Top Country Singles Sales chart, significant moves were made by Travis Tritt, whose "Best of Intentions" slips from #4 to #6; by Billy Ray Cyrus' "You Won't Be Lonely Now," which moves from #7 to #6; and by Patty Loveless, whose "That's the Kind of Mood I'm In" goes from #10 to #8. Rimes' "I Need You" remains at #1, Gilman's "One Voice" stays at #2 and Messina's "That's the Way" (RealAudio excerpt) remains at #3.