Josh Gracin Scores His First No. 1 Single

Milestone Follows His First Academy of Country Music Nomination

The Ides of March were very, very good to Josh Gracin. Just days after receiving his first Academy of Country Music award nomination for top new artist, the former U.S. Marine scored his first No. 1 single.

With “Nothin’ to Lose,” the second single from Gracin’s self-titled album, topping this week’s Billboard country singles chart, his album is approaching gold status as it climbs three levels to land at No. 22 on the trade publication’s country albums chart.

But Gracin isn’t the only act on the move on this week’s country singles chart. Craig Morgan climbs two rungs to move “That’s What I Love About Sunday” into second place. “Bless the Broken Road,” Rascal Flatts’ multi-week chart topper, falls to No. 3, while Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” climbs one space to No. 4. Ascending two notches each are Kenny Chesney’s “Anything but Mine” (to No. 5) and Brooks & Dunn’s “It’s Getting Better All the Time” (to No. 6). Keith Urban’s “You’re My Better Half” tumbles to No. 7, Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone” rises to No. 8 and Brad Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires” slides to No. 9. Billy Dean’s “Let Them Be Little” rounds out the Top 10 after more than six months on the chart.

Brian McComas, who scored a Top 10 single in 2003 with “99.9% Sure (I’ve Never Been Here Before),” has the week’s highest debuting single, “The Middle of Nowhere.” Urban enters the chart at No. 55 with the Rodney Crowell song, “Making Memories of Us.” Reba McEntire lands at No. 58 with “My Sister,” and newcomer Katrina Elam charts at No. 59 with “I Want a Cowboy.” Charting at No. 60 is “Hillbillies,” a single from the former Little Texas member Brady Seals’ new band, Hot Apple Pie.

Little has changed on Billboard‘s country albums charts, although Jamie O’Neal shakes things up somewhat with the No. 6 debut of her new album, Brave. For the second week in a row, Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today is in the top spot and the all-star hit compilation Totally Country Vol. 4 is in second place. Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party climbs two notches to No. 3, Chesney’s Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair stays at No. 4 and Shania Twain’s Greatest Hits slips two levels to No. 5. With O’Neal at No. 6, Tim McGraw remains at No. 7 with Live Like You Were Dying, and Lee Ann Womack’s falls two spaces to No. 8 with There’s More Where That Came From. Toby Keith’s Greatest Hits 2 and George Strait’s 50 Number Ones fall one level each to settle at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

The only other country album debuting on this week’s chart is Shooter Jennings’ Put the O Back in Country. He, of course, is the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.