Keith Urban Enjoys a Momentous Week

While Preparing for Career Milestones, Golden Road Climbs the Chart

As the year progresses, one question is becoming perfectly clear: Who wouldn’t wanna be Keith Urban?

On the brink of a national tour with Kenny Chesney, Urban enjoys a sizable jump on the country albums chart this week. And Monday night (March 1), he checks into Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for his first show as a headliner at the historic venue. Immediately following the show, Urban heads to a party celebrating the platinum status of his latest album, Golden Road.

Golden Road rises five slots to land at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums listing. In the meantime, the first four titles on the chart remain unchanged with
Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down at the top — followed by Toby Keith’s Shock’n Y’all, Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II and Josh Turner’s Long Black Train. Keith’s previous album — the quadruple-platinum Unleashed — bounces up two levels to No. 6. Falling one position each are Martina McBride’s Martina (No. 7) and Brooks & Dunn’s Red Dirt Road (No. 8). Shania Twain’s Up! is down four spots to No. 9, and Gary Allan enters the Top 10 with See If I Care.

On Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Keith’s “American Soldier” and Jackson’s “Remember When” cling to the top positions, respectively. Tim McGraw’s “Watch the Wind Blow By” breezes upward one notch to No. 3, followed by slight declines for Brad Paisley’s “Little Moments” (No. 4) and Terri Clark’s “I Wanna Do It All” (No. 5). The remainder of the singles chart is unchanged from last week. In the sixth through 10th positions respectively are McBride’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” Trace Adkins’ “Hot Mama,” Jimmy Wayne’s “I Love You This Much,” Sara Evans’ “Perfect” and Buddy Jewell’s “Sweet Southern Comfort.”

Lonestar had the highest debuting country single of the week by landing at No. 43 with “Let’s Be Us Again,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album. Nineties hitmaker Billy Dean returns to the chart at No. 49 with a remake of John Denver’s 1975 hit, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” written by Denver’s former guitarist, John Martin Sommers. Newcomer Donovan Chapman debuts at No. 56 with “Hey Hollywood,” and Cross Canadian Ragweed’s “Sick and Tired” arrives at No. 59.

On the country albums chart, another big act from the ’90s — John Berry — has the only debut of the week with I Give My Heart.

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