For the first time in nine years, Billy Dean finds himself in Billboard’s Top 10 country airplay chart, as “Let Them Be Little” edges up one spot to No. 10. A mainstay on country radio in the early 1990s, his career derailed shortly after “It’s What I Do” and “That Girl’s Been Spying on Me” hit the Top 5 in 1996.
In the aftermath of a corporate shake-up, Dean and Capitol Records parted ways shortly afterwards. His new album, Let Them Be Little, will be released on Curb Records. Dean’s two signature hits — “Somewhere in My Broken Heart” and “Billy the Kid” — are included as bonus tracks.
The rest of the singles chart remains stable. Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road,” Keith Urban’s “You’re My Better Half,” Brad Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires” and Josh Gracin’s “Nothin’ to Lose” stay at No. 1 through No. 4. Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church” rises one notch to No. 5, as LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ ’Bout Love Makes Sense” dips to No. 6. Craig Morgan’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” each jump two spots, to seventh and eighth place, and Reba McEntire’s “He Gets That From Me” falls to No. 9.
Two comeback singles appear to have run out of steam before reaching the Top 10. Lee Ann Womack’s “I May Hate Myself in the Morning” holds at No. 15 for the third week, and Jamie O’Neal’s “Trying to Find Atlantis” floats at No. 20 for the second week. Neither one has a bullet, which signifies increased airplay. The only new song on the singles chart is Grammy nominee Tift Merritt’s “Good Hearted Man” at No. 60.
Womack shouldn’t hate herself too much though, as There’s More Where That Came From enters the country chart at No. 3, selling 83,372 copies in its first week. The all-star compilation Totally Country Vol. 4 outranks Womack, however, with a No. 1 country debut, knocking Kenny Chesney’s Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair to No. 2.
In descending order, the latest albums from Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts, Gretchen Wilson, Toby Keith, George Strait, Tim McGraw, and Rimes round out the Top 10. Tracy Byrd’s Greatest Hits arrives at No. 14, and Texas-based roots-rockers Reckless Kelly land at No. 66 with Wicked Twisted Road.
On the bluegrass chart, The Grascals pick a No. 3 slot for their self-titled debut album.