Darryl Worley remains at the top of the country singles chart, but Lonestar and a duet by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson enter the Top 10 this week as an indication that some changes may be on the way. Still, there’s not an artist on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks who wouldn’t like to follow in Worley’s footsteps with a seven-week No. 1.
That’s exactly what Worley has accomplished with “Have You Forgotten?” His album of the same title has stayed at the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums since its release three weeks ago.
On the country singles chart, Tim McGraw ’s “She’s My Kind of Rain” and Kenny Chesney ’s “Big Star” remain in second and third place, respectively, although both tracks have seen slight declines in radio airplay during the past week. A significant airplay increase was logged for this week’s No. 4 single, Randy Travis ’ “Three Wooden Crosses.” Diamond Rio ’s “I Believe” stays at No. 5, with Keith Urban ’s “Raining on Sunday” slipping two slots to No. 6 and Chris Cagle ’s “What a Beautiful Day” dipping one notch to No. 7. After climbing to No. 10 last week, Rascal Flatts ’ “Love You Out Loud” moves to No. 8. Taking three-position jumps each to land in the Top 10 are Lonestar ’s “My Front Porch Looking In” (No. 9) and the Keith-Nelson duet, “Beer for My Horses” (No. 10).
Newcomers had the highest-debuting singles of the week. Clint Daniels’ “The Letter (Almost Home)” arrives at No. 56 and Rachel Proctor’s “Days Like This” enters the chart at No. 57. Charlie Robison ’s “Walter” debuts at No. 58, and McGraw’s album cut, “Real Good Man,” makes a showing at No. 60.
The top of the country albums chart remains unchanged, with Worley followed by the Dixie Chicks ’ Home (No. 2) and Keith’s Unleashed (No. 3). Shania Twain ’s Up! springs forward two notches to No. 4, with Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors holding steady at No. 5 and Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around climbing one slot to No. 6. With Jessica Andrews’ Now slipping to No. 4 from No. 7, Martina McBride ’s Greatest Hits and Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems remain at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. After 30 weeks on the chart, Urban’s Golden Road moves up one position from No. 11 to round out the Top 10.
Cledus T. Judd had a smile on his face this week after his new release, A Six Pack of Judd, entered the chart at No. 19 to become the highest-debuting country album of the week. Rhonda Vincent ’s new album, One Step Ahead, debuts at No. 30 — an impressive showing for a bluegrass release. And David Allan Coe returns to the country albums chart. The outlaw’s Live at Billy Bob’s Texas debuts at No. 71.