Phil Vassar Returns to No. 1 With “In a Real Love”

Strait Remains No. 1 on Country Albums Chart

Four years after first reaching No. 1 with “Just Another Day in Paradise,” Phil Vassar has returned to the top spot on Billboard’s country airplay chart. “In a Real Love” is the first single from his recently-released third album, Shaken Not Stirred. In its fourth week of release, it’s at No. 31 on the Billboard country albums chart.

To get to the top spot, Vassar passed George Strait’s “I Hate Everything,” now at No. 2, followed by Sara Evans’ “Suds in the Bucket” at No. 3. Brooks & Dunn’s “That’s What It’s All About” remains at No. 4, as Lonestar’s “Mr. Mom” climbs to No. 5. Toby Keith’s “Stays in Mexico” and Gary Allan’s “Nothing On but the Radio” each fall one spot, to No. 6 and No. 7. Kenny Chesney’s “The Woman With You” moves up to No. 8, Keith Urban’s “Days Go By” falls to No. 9 and Tim McGraw rounds out the Top 10 with “Back When.”

After some past stumbles, a number of familiar artists are slowly regaining a foothold on the charts: SHeDAISY’s “Come Home Soon” (No. 17), LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ ’Bout Love Makes Sense” (No. 19), Billy Dean’s “Let Them Be Little” (No. 31), Jamie O’Neal’s “Trying to Find Atlantis” (No. 34) and Lee Ann Womack’s “I May Hate Myself in the Morning” (No. 40).

Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” makes the week’s highest debut, at No. 50. (Astute country fans may remember that Melodie Crittenden released this song in 1998 but barely missed the Top 40.) Other new singles include Craig Morgan’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday” at No. 52, Julie Roberts’ “The Chance” at No. 58 and Hank Williams Jr.’s “Devil in the Bottle” at No. 59.

Meanwhile, Strait’s 50 Number Ones retains its No. 1 spot for the third week on the country albums chart, although Brooks & Dunn come close with their The Greatest Hits Collection II debuting at No. 2. McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying slips to No. 3, despite an increase in sales. Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today falls to No. 4, trailed by Gretchen Wilson’s Here For the Party at No. 5.

Pat Green’s Lucky Ones makes a grand entrance at No. 6, with Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color at No. 7, Alan Jackson’s What I Do at No. 8, Urban’s Be Here at No. 9 and Jimmy Buffett’s License to Chill at No. 10.