Just five weeks after their release, new singles from Tim McGraw and Sugarland are already zooming toward the top of the chart. While it often takes several months to get into the upper reaches of Billboard’s country airplay chart, McGraw’s “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” is already at No. 13, followed closely by Sugarland’s “Settlin'” at No. 17.
The momentum should eventually shake up the Top 10, which doesn’t move around much this week. Rodney Atkins’ “Watching You” spends a third week at No. 1, still holding off George Strait’s “It Just Comes Natural” at No. 2. Brad Paisley’s “She’s Everything” (a former No. 1) and Jason Aldean’s “Amarillo Sky” hang onto No. 3 and No. 4, while Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys” climbs to No. 5. Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” reaches No. 6, Jason Michael Carroll’s “Alyssa Lies” enters the Top 10 at No. 7 and Martina McBride’s “Anyway” ascends two positions to No. 8. Craig Morgan’s “Little Bit of Life” rises to No. 9, and the Wreckers’ “My, Oh My” slips a notch to No. 10.
Dusty Drake’s “Say Yes” nabs the highest debut of the week at No. 51. He formerly recorded for Warner Bros. but is now on the Big Machine label. Other new entries include Montgomery Gentry’s “Lucky Man” at No. 53, Aaron Tippin’s “He Believed” at No. 57, Luke Bryan’s “All My Friends Say” at No. 59 and Bomshel’s “Bomshel Stomp” at No. 60.
Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts is again beating all competitors at the top of the country albums chart. Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang is No. 2. Atkins’ If You’re Going Through Hell climbs to No. 3, trailed by the latest albums from Urban, Taylor Swift, Paisley, Sugarland, Josh Turner and Kellie Pickler. The Broken Bridges soundtrack rounds out the Top 10 for the second week.
The self-titled debut from 7th Heaven actress Beverley Mitchell arrives on the chart at No. 30, sandwiched between Kenny Chesney’s The Road and the Radio at No. 29 and Live: Live Those Songs Again at No. 31. Bluegrass band Cadillac Sky’s Blind Man Walking enters the country chart at No. 75 and the bluegrass album chart at No. 2. Other new titles on the bluegrass chart include Tony Trischka’s Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular at No. 4 and Peter Rowan and Tony Rice’s Quartet at No. 5.