Raise your glasses — whether convivial or corrective — to James Otto as he scores his first No. 1 Billboard single with “Just Got Started Lovin’ You.” It’s been a long haul for the tall singer. He first visited the country chart in 2002 with “The Ball,” which topped out at a tepid No. 45. (And he didn’t do much better with his successive releases — until now.)
On the albums side, Tim McGraw seizes the summit with his Greatest Hits: Limited Edition, a package available only at Wal-Mart stores. American Idol émigré Phil Stacey makes an impressive debut at No. 8 with his self-titled collection from Lyric Street Records.
Martina McBride: Live in Concert arrives at No. 19, but the other five new albums this week are primarily repackaged and reissued music, specifically Classic: Chris LeDoux (No. 26), the multi-artist CD God Bless the USA (No. 59), Playlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash (No. 65), Playlist: The Very Best of John Denver (No. 68) and Playlist: The Very Best of Waylon Jennings (No. 70).
Re-entering the album chart at No. 75 is Justin Townes Earle’s The Good Life.
First-timers on the song chart are Adam Gregory’s “Crazy Days” (No. 53) and Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” (No. 59). Dolly Parton’s “Jesus & Gravity” returns to the list at No. 57.
Immediately following McGraw’s CD in the Top 5 are Taylor Swift, George Strait’s Troubadour, Otto’s Sunset Man and Lady Antebellum’s self-titled debut.
Just behind Otto in the Top 5 song rankings are Strait’s “I Saw God Today,” Swift’s “Picture to Burn,” Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Brad Paisley’s “I’m Still a Guy.”
Welcome to the sounds of summer.