Urban claims singles top spot
Thursday, June 9, 2011
– Keith Urban claimed the top spot on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending June 18 with Without You.
The song switched spots with Old Alabama
from Brad Paisley with Alabama, slipping to second. Paisley held onto the top spot on the Country Albums chart with "This Is Country Music."
Blake Shelton continued his upward climb on the songs chart with Honey Bee in third, up two. Taylor Swift remained fourth with Mean. The Band Perry was up one to fifth with You Live. Chris Young jumped three to sixth with Tomorrow. Jason Aldean made it into the top 10 - at 9 - with Dirt Road Anthem.
Lady Antebellum's new single, Just a Kiss, was at 11, up 4. Kenny Chesney had a big mover with You And Tequila at 16, up 5. The song features Grace Potter. Jake Owen's Barefoot Blue Jean Night stood at 20, up 3. Eli Young Band's new single, Crazy Girl, was at 22, up 3. Rodney Atkins jumped from 28 to 23 with Take a Back Road. Billy Currington was up 3 to 24 with Love Done Gone. Paisley's new single, the duet Remind Me with Carrie Underwood, moved up 4 to 26. American Idol winner Scotty McCreery was at 28, up 4, with I Love You This Big. Thompson Square broke into the top 30 - at 30 - with I Got You, up 4.
On the album chart, Aldean stayed second with "My Kinda Party." Zac Brown Band was third with "You Get What You Give." Swift was fourth with "Speak Now' and Rascal Flats fifth with "Nothing Like This." Alison Krauss & Union Station was up three to eighth with "Paper Airplane."
Kenny Chesney held the 12th spot with "Hemingway's Whiskey," up 5. Thompson Square was up 3 to 20 with their self-titled debut. Currington moved up 4 to 22 with "Enjoy Yourself." Eric Church's "Carolina" was at 25, up 3. Darius Rucker was a big mover as "Charleston, SC 1966" jumped 8 to 27. Urban climbed 7 to 29 with "Get Closer." Alan Jackson's "34 Number Ones" also was a big mover, up 8 to 30.
The biggest mover was Brantley Gilbert, whose "Halfway to Heaven" jumped 12 to 31. Zac Brown Band' "Pass the Jar: Live From the Fabulous Fox Theatre" was up 10 to 32. Josh Turner moved from 41 to 35 with "Haywire." "Bullets in the Gun" from Toby Keith jumped 5 to 39.
On the bluegrass album chart, the top four albums remained the same: Alison Krauss & Union Station were first with "Paper Airplane," Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers second with "Rare Bird Alert," Sarah Jarosz third with "Follow Me Down," and Dierks Bentley fourth with "Up on the Ridge." The Wailin' Jennys were up one to fifth with "Bright Morning Stars."
On the overall top 200, Paisley was 6th, Aldean 8th, Zac Brown Band 18th, Swift 21st and Rascal Flatts 35th.
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