NASHVILLE As he recuperates from a freak golfing accident, 12-year-old country singer Billy Gilman can take solace in the fact that he's notched his first #1 in country music, as his single "One Voice" knocks Faith Hill's "Breathe" from the top of the Billboard Country Singles sales chart this week.
On another chart, Lee Ann Womack also scores her first #1 hit as the song "I Hope You Dance" dethrones Chad Brock's "Yes!" from the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, reflecting country radio airplay.
Gilman, whose album One Voice debuts at #4 on the Top Country albums chart this week, was injured while taking part in a golf clinic Wednesday in his hometown of Hope Valley, R.I., when he was struck in the mouth by a golf ball. The ball knocked out a left front tooth, which his dentist later reinserted.
Gilman's "One Voice" (RealAudio excerpt) single moves to #30 from #36 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Womack had climbed to as high as #2 on that chart four previous times before finally hitting #1 this week. Rounding out the top five are "Yes!" at #2, Collin Raye's "Couldn't Last a Moment" at #3, Clay Davidson's "Unconditional" at #4 and Reba McEntire's "I'll Be" at #5.
Debuting on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart this week are Billy Ray Cyrus' "You Won't Be Lonely Now" at #62, Shania Twain's "I'm Holdin' On to Love (To Save My Life)" at #66, Danni Leigh's "I Don't Feel That Way" at #68, John Rich's "I Pray for You" at #72 and Kathy Mattea's "BFD" at #75.
Gilman's One Voice was the only album debuting on the Top Country albums chart. The Dixie Chicks' Fly holds at #1, Womack's I Hope You Dance stays at #2, Hill's Breathe stays at #3 and Twain's Come On Over remains at #5.