Billy Currington Takes “Directions” to No. 1

Carrie Underwood Reclaims Top Spot on Country Albums Chart

When it comes to getting radio airplay, Billy Currington’s musical compass has led him to the top of this week’s Billboard country singles chart with “Good Directions.” His first No. 1 single came in late 2005 with “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right.”

On Billboard’s country albums chart, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton lost the momentum needed to sustain their grip at the top. With Shelton’s Pure BS dropping from No. 2 to No. 7 and Lambert’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend slipping from No. 1 to No. 8, six other albums move up two spaces each. Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts jumps back to No. 1, followed by Tim McGraw’s Let It Go, Martina McBride’s Waking Up Laughing, Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut, Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang and Alison Krauss’ A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection. Bucky Covington stays at No. 9 for another week and Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ride moves up one mile marker to round out the Top 10.

Following Currington on the singles chart, Sugarland’s “Settlin'” lands in second place after spending last week at No. 1, and Emerson Drive’s “Moments” takes an impressive leap from No. 6 to No. 3. Toby Keith’s “High Maintenance Woman” ratchets up one notch to No. 5 while Rascal Flatts’ recent No. 1, “Stand,” sits down three levels to No. 5. Brad Paisley’s “Ticks” hops upward to No. 5, Alan Jackson’s “A Woman’s Love” is unwavering at No. 7 and Tracy Lawrence’s “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” moves up to No. 8. Underwood’s “Wasted” has likely seen the last of its time in the Top 10 — and at No. 1 — by falling to No. 9. Montgomery Gentry move from No. 11 to No. 10 with “Lucky Man.”

No new country albums hit this week’s chart, but two singles debuted, including Keith Anderson’s “Sunday Morning in America” at No. 55. Whiskey Falls, a four-piece band, arrives at No. 57 with “Last Train Running.”

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