With Blake Shelton now spending a fourth consecutive week at No. 1 with “Some Beach,” songwriter Paul Overstreet is enjoying one of the biggest hits of an already impressive career.
If Shelton seems comfortable while he languishes atop the singles chart, little has changed on Billboard’s country albums chart, either, where Shania Twain’s triple-platinum Greatest Hits holds on to the top spot.
Overstreet, who co-wrote “Some Beach” with Roy Lee Feek, is a former member of the trio Schuyler, Knobloch & Overstreet. As a solo artist, Overstreet scored several hits, including “Daddy’s Come Around” which topped the country chart in 1990. Among his most famous songs are Randy Travis’ “On the Other Hand” and “Forever and Ever, Amen,” both co-written with Don Schlitz and winners of the CMA’s song of the year award.
Elsewhere on Billboard’s country singles chart, Tim McGraw’s “Back When” and Darryl Worley’s “Awful, Beautiful Life” stay in second and third place, respectively, for another week. Making significant leaps on the chart are Gretchen Wilson (whose “When I Think About Cheatin'” climbs from No. 7 to No. 4) and Rascal Flatts (whose “Bless the Broken Road” takes a five-slot rise to No. 5). Brad Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires” slips a notch to No. 6 while Keith Urban’s “You’re My Better Half” moves up a rung to No. 7. Dierks Bentley’s “How Am I Doin'” gets its answer with a four-level drop to No. 8. LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ ’Bout Love Makes Sense” jumps three spaces to No. 9 while Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church” ascends one space to return to the Top 10.
Pat Green logged the highest-debuting single of the week by landing at No. 51 with “Somewhere Between Texas and Mexico.” Other tracks entering the chart this week include Trent Willmon’s “The Good Life” (at No. 54), the Randy Rogers Band’s “Tonight’s Not the Night” (at No. 55) and Cross Canadian Ragweed’s “Alabama” (at No. 59). “Skin,” a hidden track on Rascal Flatts’ latest album, makes an appearance at No. 60.
Just behind Twain on the country albums chart, Toby Keith’s Greatest Hits 2 spends another week in second place. In positions three through six, respectively, are Wilson’s Here for the Party, Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today
George Strait’s 50 Number Ones and McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying. At No. 7 through No. 10, respectively, are Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color, Paisley’s Mud on the Tires, Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Lonely Runs Both Ways and Kenny Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down.
A lull in the major labels’ release schedules means that no new music hit the country albums chart this week. However, Kenny Rogers Sings Love Songs, a 21-song compilation of the singer’s hits and cover tunes, enters the chart at No. 67.