Keith Urban’s “Without You” Tops Country Chart

Brad Paisley's This Is Country Music Remains No. 1

Brad Paisley’s This Is Country Music holds at No. 1 for the second week on Billboard’s country albums chart. But his “Old Alabama,” last week’s top song, falls to No. 2 as Keith Urban’s “Without You” takes the summit at the end of an 18-week climb.

There are no new albums to spotlight but four re-entries: Luke Bryan’s EP, Spring Break 3 … It’s a Shore Thing (back at No. 65), the Josh Abbott Band’s She’s Like Texas (No. 67), The Essential Dixie Chicks (No. 68) and the multi-artist collection Mud Digger (No. 75).

And there are five new songs:

Craig Campbell’s “Fish” debuts at No. 53 and is followed by Sara Evans’ “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” at No. 54. Big & Rich (featuring Gretchen Wilson) gain admission at No. 56 with “Fake I.D.” Other entries include the Lunabelles’ “A Place to Shine” (No. 58) and Kellie Pickler’s “Tough” (No. 59).

Completing the Top 5 albums cluster, in descending order, are Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, the Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now and Rascal FlattsNothing Like This.

The No. 3 through No. 5 songs are Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee,” Swift’s “Mean” and The Band Perry’s “You Lie.”

That speed demon racing up the charts is Kenny Chesney’s “You and Tequila,” featuring Grace Potter. Since last week, it’s gone from No. 21 to No. 16 — and it’s only five weeks out.

Now to the serious business of Title Tales, wherein two current song titles or more come together for an explosion of new meaning. To that end, we submit:

Sara Evans + Lauren Alaina = “My Heart Can’t Tell You No Like My Mother Does”

Thompson Square + the Lunabelles = “I Got You a Place To Shine”

Phil Vassar + Sugarland + Taylor Swift + Kellie Pickler + Eric Church = “Let’s Get Together Tonight Mean Tough Homeboy”

Top that.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to