Josh Turner is riding high this week as “Your Man” reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart — a huge accomplishment for the South Carolina native, considering that his signature song, “Long Black Train,” didn’t even break the Top 10.
Turner’s second album, Your Man, holds steady at No. 2 on the country albums chart, just behind Carrie Underwood’s runaway success, Some Hearts. Following her appearance on this week’s American Idol, she’s likely to stay in the top spot next week, too.
Despite a slight sales decrease, The Legend of Johnny Cash climbs to No. 3, followed by the latest albums from Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Keith Urban, the Totally Country series, comedian Ron White, Sugarland and Kenny Chesney. The gold-certified Walk the Line soundtrack (with vocals from Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon) lands at No. 11. Farther down the charts, Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash’s 16 Biggest Hits debuts at No. 47.
However, country sales are down across the board. Of the 75 albums on the chart, only two increased in sales: Martina McBride’s Timeless (up six levels to No. 18) and Randy Travis’ Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship and Praise (up six to No. 49).
Just behind Turner on the country singles chart, Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton’s collaboration, “When I Get Where I’m Going,” falls to No. 2. Chesney’s “Living in Fast Forward” rises to No. 3, followed by Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” and Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry.” Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” is easing out of the Top 10, dropping to No. 6. Montgomery Gentry’s “She Don’t Tell Me To,” Toby Keith’s “Get Drunk and Be Somebody,” Sugarland’s “Just Might (Make Me Believe)” and Blake Shelton’s “Nobody but Me” round out the Top 10.
In the middle of the chart, several new artists are making waves, including Jack Ingram’s “Wherever You Are” at No. 18, Jason Aldean’s “Why” at No. 19 and Trent Tomlinson’s “Drunker Than Me” at No. 20. New singles include Billy Currington’s “Why, Why, Why” at No. 54, Josh Gracin’s “Favorite State of Mind” at No. 56 and new artist Jake Owen’s “Yee Haw” at No. 60.
Bluegrass gospel band Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver enter the bluegrass chart at No. 8 with He Lives in Me.