Toby Keith still resides in Oklahoma, but he’s returned to his other home at the top of Billboard’s country singles chart. His “Whiskey Girl” knocks the whiskey boys — Montgomery Gentry — out of the No. 1 position while Tim McGraw ascends to second place after just six weeks on the chart.
On the Billboard country albums list, the Muzik Mafia continue to make an offer CD buyers can’t refuse. Mafia kingpins Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich are running numbers at the top of the chart. (The Muzik Mafia, of course, is the name for a consortium of like-minded singers, songwriters and musicians in Nashville.)
“Live Like You Were Dying,” the title track from McGraw’s upcoming album, is shaping up to be the biggest single in an already stellar career. Jumping to No. 2 from No. 5 this week, the track appears destined to become another chart-topper for McGraw. After scoring their first No. 1 single last week, Montgomery Gentry slip to No. 3 with “If You Ever Stop Loving Me.” Lonestar stay at No. 4 with “Let’s Be Us Again,” David Lee Murphy moves up to No. 5 with “Loco” and Wilson slides to No. 6 with her debut single, “Redneck Woman.” Moving up this week are Kenny Chesney’s “I Go Back” (No. 7), Brad Paisley’s collaboration with Alison Krauss on “Whiskey Lullaby” (No. 8) and Reba McEntire’s “Somebody” (No. 9). Newcomer Billy Currington scores his second Top 10 hit with “I Got a Feelin’.”
SHeDAISY’s “Come Home Soon” arrives at No. 51 to become the highest-debuting single of the week. Other debuts include Brooks & Dunn’s “That’s What It’s All About” (No. 52), Darryl Worley’s “Awful Beautiful Life” (No. 56) and Kevin Fowler’s “Ain’t Drinkin’ Anymore” (No. 57). And although Keith Urban moves up 14 spaces to No. 23 with “Days Go By,” the first single from his upcoming album, a track from his Golden Road project generated enough airplay to hit the chart. “You Look Good in My Shirt” shows up at No. 60.
On the country albums chart, Wilson’s Here for the Party spends a seventh week at No. 1, followed by Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color at No. 2. In third through sixth place, respectively, are some familiar titles — Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down, Keith’s Shock ’n Y’all, Paisley’s Mud on the Tires and Urban’s Golden Road. Newcomer Josh Gracin’s self-titled debut album drops to No. 7 in its second week of release, and Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II remains at No. 8. After a week away from the Top 10, Lonestar’s Let’s Be Us Again moves to No. 9, and Montgomery Gentry’s You Do Your Thing lands at No. 10.
With plenty of media attention surrounding the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley recording his first single, “That’s All Right,” the King charts the highest-debuting album of the week. Elvis at Sun, a newly-remastered compilation of his early recordings for Sun Records, does rocks its way onto the chart at No. 37.
Two titles from MCA Records’ Definitive Collection series also debuted this week with Don Williams at No. 52 and the late Patsy Cline at No. 56.