The last two weeks have been good for Keith Urban. He scored his first male vocalist nomination from the Country Music Association, announced his first headlining tour starting in October, and now he’s at the top of the Billboard country singles chart with “Days Go By.” The song comes from Urban’s new album, Be Here, arriving in stores on Sept. 21.
On the singles chart, Urban is trailed by Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” at No. 2, Terri Clark’s “Girls Lie Too” at No. 3 and Gretchen Wilson’s “Here for the Party” at No. 4. Andy Griggs’ “She Thinks She Needs Me” remains at No. 5, followed by Sara Evans’ “Suds in the Bucket,” Alan Jackson’s “Too Much of a Good Thing,” George Strait’s “I Hate Everything,” Kenny Chesney’s “I Go Back” and Brad Paisley’s duet with Alison Krauss, “Whiskey Lullaby,” in sixth through 10th place, respectively.
Meanwhile, Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” drops off the chart after peaking last week at No. 11. Dierks Bentley’s “How Am I Doin'” demonstrates the week’s most significant growth in radio airplay, landing at No. 18 from No. 21. But the biggest chart leap comes from Travis Tritt and John Mellencamp, as their open-minded collaboration “What Say You” leaps from No. 50 to No. 34. Yet another partnership — Shania Twain and Billy Currington — makes an impressive showing, as “Party for Two” debuts at No. 39. Paisley’s new single, “Mud on the Tires,” enters the chart at No. 54.
McGraw maintains his No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country albums chart and Billboard 200, which tracks sales of all music. Behind him on the country chart is Wilson’s Here for the Party, Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color and Jimmy Buffett’s License to Chill. The rest of the Top 10 stays the same: Paisley’s Mud on the Tires at No. 6, just ahead of Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down, Clark’s Greatest Hits 1994-2004, Urban’s Golden Road, Toby Keith’s Shock’n Y’all and Evans’ Restless.
Powered by the film’s DVD release, Songs Inspired by The Passion of the Christ reappears at No. 35. New albums include The Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family at No. 65 and hot-rod hero Junior Brown’s Down Home Chrome at No. 73.
On the bluegrass albums chart, Melonie Cannon makes a splash at No. 6 with her self-titled debut, an appealing blend of bluegrass and country music. The compilation Legends of Bluegrass debuts at No. 4.