Cyndi Thomson Notches First No. 1 Far From Hearth and Home

New country singer Cyndi Thomson landed her first No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart this week but was stranded too far from colleagues and friends to do much celebrating.

While Thomson’s “What I Really Meant to Say” dethroned Toby Keith ’s “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight” from the top spot, Thomson was stuck in Canada, unable to fly back due to cancellations of all U.S. flights. She had been in Calgary for the Canadian Country Music Awards show Monday night (Sept. 10).

Keith’s single is at No. 2, followed by Blake Shelton’s “Austin,” Alan Jackson ’s “Where I Come From” and Trisha Yearwood ’s “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway.”

Singles debuting this week are “Easy for Me to Say” by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black at No. 56, “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out” by Chris Cagle at No. 58 and Billy Gilman ’s “Elisabeth” at No. 59.

On the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, the rugged O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack returns to No. 1 for the 20th week this year. It replaces Keith’s Pull My Chain, which enjoyed one week at the top. The Coyote Ugly soundtrack stays at No. 3, followed by Tim McGraw ’s Set This Circus Down and Alison Krauss & Union Station’s New Favorite.

Albums debuting on the chart are Jeff Carson’s Real Life at No. 43, Randy TravisIt Was Just a Matter of Time at No. 65 and Hal Ketchum ’s Lucky Man at No. 72.