Darryl Worley continues to redefine the meaning of an “Awful” week on the music charts. Sustained radio airplay for “Awful, Beautiful Life” is keeping the singer-songwriter at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks list for the second week in a row.
The country singles chart is finally showing some significant movement after radio stations all but froze their playlists during the holiday season. And that’s good news for Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. Urban’s “You’re My Better Half” climbs three notches to land in second place, and Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires” takes a four-position climb to third. Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” remains at No. 4, while Gretchen Wilson’s “When I Think About Cheatin'” rises one level to No. 5.
Just below, two major hits have run their course, but new singles are in the works for both artists. Blake Shelton’s “Some Beach” slides to No. 6 and Tim McGraw’s “Back When” to No. 7. LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ ’Bout Love Makes Sense” remains at No. 8, Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church” stays at No. 9, and Reba McEntire’s “He Gets That From Me” makes its Top 10 debut.
Shania Twain’s “Don’t” enters the chart at No. 44 as the highest-debuting country single of the week. Other debuts include Rascal Flatts’ “Oklahoma-Texas Line” (No. 53), Gretchen Wilson’s “Homewrecker” (No. 58) and McGraw’s “Drugs or Jesus” (No. 60).
All of the titles in the Top 10 remain the same, although some of the positions have changed. Clinging to the first and second positions, respectively, are Twain’s Greatest Hits and Toby Keith’s Greatest Hits 2. Rising one notch each are Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today (No. 3) and George Strait’s 50 Number Ones (No. 4). Wilson’s Here for the Party slips two rungs to No. 5, McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying climbs one level to No. 6, and Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color drops slightly to No. 7. Rounding out the Top 10 for a second week are — in order — Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Lonely Runs Both Ways, Paisley’s Mud on the Tires and Kenny Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard claims the highest-debuting country album of the week. Arriving at No. 65, Unforgettable is a collection of standards — and Hag’s first project in years for Capitol Records.
And if you always thought a Dobro and mandolin would make a nice addition to “Nights in White Satin,” check out Moody Bluegrass: A Nashville Tribute to the Moody Blues. The project, debuting at No. 69, features guest appearances from Alison Krauss, John Cowan, Tim O’Brien, Larry Cordle, Aubrey Haynie, Alison Brown, Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan.