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Rodney Atkins debuts first on country chart

Thursday, July 27, 2006 – Rodney Atkins debuts in first on the Billboard country album chart and third on the overall sales chart for the week ending Aug. 5, while Brad Paisley continues atop the song chart with "The World" for the third straight week.

This is the best start for Atkins, whose album is entitled "If You're Going Through Hell." He took over from Johnny Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways," which fell to fourth. Atkins also received good news on the song chart because his hit single, "If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)," is now third, up two.

On the song chart, Carrie Underwood was second, up one, with "Don't Forget to Remember Me." Toby Keith remained fourth with "A Little Too Late," while Kenny Chesney was down three to fifth with "Summertime." The biggest mover was Dierks Bentley, whose "Every Mile a Memory" was up 10 to 24th. The song is from his forthcoming third album.

On the album chart, Rascal Flatts stayed second with "Me And My Gang," while the Dixie Chicks remained third with "Taking the Long Way." Underwood was down one to fifth with "Some Hearts." Alan Jackson jumped five spots to sixth with "Precious Memories." Newcomer Eric Church debuted in seventh with "Sinners Like Me," selling about 25,000 units. Billy Ray Cyrus debuted in 24th with "Wanna Be Your Man."

On the overall top 200 album chart, Rascal Flatts was 6th, Dixie Chicks 9th, Cash 12th and Underwood 22nd.

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