Billy Currington stands tall and rules the world — or at least country chart — this week with “We Are Tonight.” The title track of his latest album tops Billboard’s country airplay after a 37-week journey.
On the trade publication’s country albums chart, Brantley Gilbert’s Just as I Am spends a second consecutive week at No. 1 in its 11th week of release.
Following Currington in the Top 5 slots on the airplay chart are Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance,” Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane,” Joe Nichols’ “Yeah” (last week’s No. 1) and Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender.” New arrivals include Thomas Rhett ’s “Makes Me Wanna” (No. 51), the Cadillac Three’s “Party Like You” (No. 56) and Tyler Farr’s “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” (No. 58).
Joining Gilbert in the elite of the country albums chart are Miranda Lambert’s Platinum at No. 2, followed by Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party, Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times and the multi-artist Now That’s What I Call Country 7. The big chart debuts are Joey & Rory’s Joey & Rory Inspired (No. 32) and Home Free’s Crazy Life (No. 33).
Scanning the lyrics of Currington’s latest hit, he clearly has romance on his mind, but with fall fast approaching, it almost sounds as though he was thinking of football with lyrics such as “Toes in the grass with our hands up high/Dream as big as the midnight sky/So untamed and we’re so alive tonight.”
America’s thoughts will be turning to football in stadiums and theaters in the weeks to come.
When the Game Stands Tall, a new movie based on the real life triumph of the De La Salle high school football team, follows the efforts of coach Bob Ladouceur, who inspired the down-and-out team to turn themselves around and set the stage for a story that won’t soon be forgotten in the world of sports — and beyond.
Starring Jim Caviezel, When the Game Stands Tall will arrive in theaters Aug. 22 with special advanced shows in select locations beginning Aug. 21.