Singles Chart Salutes Darryl Worley

After just five weeks on the chart, Darryl Worley tops Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks with his patriotic “Have You Forgotten?” Concurrently, the Dixie ChicksHome spends a 17th week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, where Deana Carter debuts at No. 6 with her new project, I’m Just a Girl.

The upward velocity of Worley’s single is remarkable considering that the two previous chart toppers — Joe Nichols ’ “Brokenheartsville” and the Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier” — each took more than 20 weeks to reach No. 1.

The Dixie Chicks remain atop the country albums chart, but the recent controversy surrounding the band hasn’t helped CD sales or radio airplay. Some radio programmers and fans initiated boycotts after the trio performed a March 10 concert in London. During the show, lead vocalist Natalie Maines noted that they were ashamed that President Bush is from their home state of Texas. Maines later apologized for the remark. However, because of the radio boycott, “Travelin’ Soldier” has now disappeared from Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks just two weeks after topping the chart. Weekly sales of Home took a 42 percent drop to 72,000 copies, a figure that’s still above those of their closest country competition — Shania Twain ’s Up! In addition to retaining the No. 1 spot on the country albums chart, Home remains in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, a chart reflecting sales of all styles of music. Home has already received RIAA certification for shipments of more than 6 million copies.

With Worley’s “Have You Forgotten?” at No. 1 on the country singles chart, Nichols’ “Brokenheartsville” slips to No. 2. Rising two slots each are Kenny Chesney ’s “Big Star” (to No. 3), Alan Jackson ’s “That’d Be Alright” (to No. 4) and Tim McGraw ’s “She’s My Kind of Rain” (to No. 5). Martina McBride ’s “Concrete Angel” takes a three-notch leap to No. 6, Gary Allan ’s “Man to Man” slips three slots to No. 7 and Mark Wills ’ “19 Somethin'” stays at No. 8. Keith Urban ’s “Raining on Sunday” rises from No. 10 to No. 9. Diamond Rio ’s “I Believe” rounds out the Top 10 after moving from No. 12.

The Warren Brothers are back with “Hey Mr. President,” another song inspired by patriotism. Produced by McGraw and Byron Gallimore, the track lands at No. 47 as the highest-debuting single of the week. Other singles debuting this week include Emerson Drive ’s “Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)” at No. 56 and Trick Pony ’s “A Boy Like You” at No. 58.

With the Dixie Chicks and Twain continuing to hold the top two spots on the country albums chart, Toby Keith ’s Unleashed rises from No. 5 to No. 3. Johnny Cash ’s American IV: The Man Comes Around holds steady at No. 4, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors slides from No. 3 to No. 5 and Carter’s new album takes the No. 6 spot. Falling one position each are George Strait ’s For the Last Time: Live From the Astrodome (to No. 7) and Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (to No. 8). McBride’s Greatest Hits moves up one level to No. 9, and Nichols’ Man With a Memory climbs two slots to No. 10.

The only album debuting on this week’s country chart is the soundtrack to View From the Top, the new film starring Gwyneth Paltrow. The soundtrack features LeAnn Rimes and Jo Dee Messina .

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.