The top slot on the Billboard album chart hasn’t hosted two consecutive country artists in nearly a decade, but this month has been good to Nashville. Alan Jackson scored the third No. 1 album of his career with the chart-topping debut of his What I Do. The album sold 178,000 copies according to SoundScan, just a fraction of the 423,000 that his Drive sold a couple years ago, but enough to end the two-week reign of Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying. In its third week in stores, McGraw’s release slipped to second place and moved another 153,000 units.
The late Ray Charles, who recorded a few country albums back in the day, also dropped on spot to No. 3, selling another 135,000 copies of Genius Loves Company. Anita Baker, releasing her first album in 10 years, was no match for the country boys. Her My Everything debuted at No. 4 on sales of 131,000. Holding in fifth place for a third week was NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 16, with 128,000 sold.
Up two slots, to No. 6, was Ashlee Simpson’s Autobiography. In their second week on the charts, Jill Scott’s Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2 and LL Cool J’s The DEFinition fell four spots each, to No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Down three each were R. Kelly’s Happy People/U Saved Me (No. 9) and Young Buck’s Straight Outta Ca$hville (No. 10).