Lee Ann Womack Savors Second Week At #1

NASHVILLE — Now that she's notched her first #1 single on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Lee Ann Womack is apparently in no hurry to take off her crown. Her song "I Hope You Dance" tops the chart, which reflects country radio play, for the second straight week.

Billboard reports that a logjam of top singles may be breaking up, with singles by Chad Brock at #2 with "Yes!" (on the chart for 22 weeks now) and Clay Davidson at #3 with "Unconditional" (after 27 weeks) receiving fewer spins this week — as is Womack's "I Hope You Dance" (RealAudio excerpt) — allowing some newer contenders to vie for the top spots.

The likeliest candidates, Billboard reports, are Lonestar's "What About Now," which moves from #6 to #4; Reba McEntire's "I'll Be" at #5; "Prayin' for Daylight" by Rascal Flatts at #6; "Some Things Never Change" by Tim McGraw at #7; "Flowers on the Wall" by Eric Heatherly at #8; and "It Must Be Love" by Alan Jackson at #9. Rounding out the top 10 is Collin Raye's "Couldn't Last a Moment," now in its 24th week on the chart.

"When You Come Back to Me Again," Garth Brooks "Frequency" soundtrack song, which initially got airplay from a CMT (Country Music Television) video, gains one place after 10 weeks, moving from #22 to #21.

Billy Gilman's "One Voice" moves from #30 to #28 after eight weeks on the chart.

Debuting on the chart this week are "A Love Like That" by Ty Herndon at #64 and "No Place Like Home" by Georgia Middleman at #68. Re-entering the chart are "Katie Wants a Fast One," by Steve Wariner with Brooks, at #61; "Change," by Sons of the Desert, at #72; "Margaritaville" by Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffett at #74; and "Seventeen" by McGraw at #75.

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