McGraw’s Rising “Stars” Already in Radio’s Top 20

Chesney and Underwood Continue to Hold On to Top of Country Charts

Tim McGraw has another colorful hit on his hands with “When the Stars Go Blue,” already at No. 20 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart after just three weeks. The track comes from his new greatest hits compilation that arrives in stores Tuesday (March 28).

“Red Ragtop” is on McGraw’s new collection, too, but “Where the Green Grass Grows” is on his previous hits album. “When the Stars Go Blue” was written by Ryan Adams, who included it on his stellar 2001 album, Gold.

McGraw’s buddy Kenny Chesney remains at No. 1 on the country singles chart with “Living in Fast Forward” spending its third week there. He’s trailed by Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” (at No. 2), Keith Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry” (at No. 3) and the Bon Jovi duet with Jennifer Nettles, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (at No. 4) — all still headed toward the top. Josh Turner’s “Your Man” falls to No. 5, just ahead of Montgomery Gentry’s “She Don’t Tell Me To” (at No. 6), Blake Shelton’s “Nobody but Me” (at No. 7), Toby Keith’s “Get Drunk and Be Somebody” (at No. 8) and Sara Evans’ “Cheatin’” (at No. 9). Brad Paisley’s collaboration with Dolly Parton, “When I Get Where I’m Going,” closes out the Top 10.

Paisley also scores the week’s highest debut, as “The World” spins into the No. 37 position. Other new singles include Hot Apple Pie’s “Easy Does It” at No. 58 and Ronnie Milsap’s first charting single in six years, “Local Girls,” at No. 59.

On the country albums chart, Carrie Underwood holds the top spot with the double-platinum Some Hearts. The Legend of Johnny Cash keeps its No. 2 position, followed by the Walk the Line soundtrack. Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories and Turner’s Your Man round out the Top 5. SHeDAISY’s third studio album, Fortuneteller’s Melody enters at No. 6, followed by the latest albums from Rascal Flatts, Urban, Trace Adkins and Van Morrison.

With a bundle of positive press, Willie Nelson’s You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker arrives at No. 24. Both Nelson and Walker are native Texans and members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Sadly, Walker died Thursday (March 23) at age 87 following a lengthy illness.

In the wake of Big & Rich’s success, a long-shelved John Rich solo project from 1999, Underneath the Same Moon, finally sees the light of day, debuting at No. 64.

Meanwhile, on the bluegrass album chart, Bryan Sutton’s Not Too Far From the Tree debuts at No. 6. One of Nashville’s most in-demand guitarists, Sutton teamed with Tony Rice, Norman Blake, Doc Watson, Jerry Douglas, Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs and other heroes for the instrumental project.