Steve Holy used to be a one-hit wonder, but not anymore. His latest single, “Brand New Girlfriend,” climbs to No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart after 36 steady weeks of courting. In early 2002, the native Texan reached No. 1 with the ballad “Good Morning Beautiful” — and held the top spot for five weeks — but he never again reached the Top 20 after that. (“Good Morning Beautiful” was actually Holy’s fourth single, but the first three never emerged broke into the Top 20.)
George Strait, one of Holy’s favorite singers, tags closely behind as “Give It Away” inches up one spot to No. 2 after only 12 weeks on the chart. The Wreckers’ “Leave the Pieces” falls two places to No. 3. Josh Turner’s “Would You Go With Me” and Brooks & Dunn’s “Building Bridges” are both on the rise at fourth and fifth place, respectively. Rodney Atkins’ “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” and Little Big Town’s “Bring It On Home” fall to No. 6 and No. 7. Faith Hill’s “Sunshine and Summertime” and Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” remain at No. 8 and No. 9. Dierks Bentley, whose his new album will be released Oct. 17, rounds out the Top 10 with “Every Mile a Memory.”
Look for a shakeup on the charts soon, though, as several singles are rocketing toward the top. Keith Urban’s “Once in a Lifetime” is at No. 11 after just four weeks on the chart. Kenny Chesney’s “You Saved Me” is on its heels at No. 12 in its sixth week. Sugarland’s “Want To” jumps to No. 14, and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” rises to No. 15. Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” is ascending quickly, too, climbing to No. 17 in its fifth week.
The Wreckers earn the week’s highest debut single as “My, Oh My” appears at No. 56. Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys” arrives at No. 59 (as “Swing” struck out at No. 20 a few weeks ago). With some vocal assistance from Ronnie Dunn, new artist Ashley Monroe enters at No. 60 with “I Don’t Want To.”
Rascal Flatts continue to outsell every other country artist, as Me and My Gang stays at No. 1 on the country albums chart. Josh Turner’s Your Man lands at No. 2, followed by Trace Adkins’ Dangerous Man at No. 3, Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts at No. 4 and the Broken Bridges soundtrack at No. 5. The latest albums from Tim McGraw, the Wreckers, the Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson and Rodney Atkins complete the Top 10.
Aaron Tippin’s Now & Then earns the highest debut this week. The album includes a few new songs and several remakes of his RCA hits from the ’90s. Billy Gilman, now 18, also resurfaces with a self-titled album at No. 55.