NASHVILLE — Twelve-year-old country-music newcomer Billy Gilman edged closer to his dream of having a #1 country record this week, as his single "One Voice" — his debut release — moves to #2 on the Billboard Country Singles chart, reflecting sales for the week.
He has a formidable obstacle, however: Faith Hill's "Breathe" (RealAudio excerpt) remains solidly in place at #1. Rounding out the top five are the Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl" at #3, Chad Brock's "Yes!" at #4 and Jessica Andrews' "Unbreakable Heart" at #5.
On the Billboard Country Albums chart, the Dixie Chicks' Fly album regained its #1 spot, knocking Lee Ann Womack's I Hope You Dance to #2. Womack's album debuted at #1 last week on the chart. Otherwise, the top-10 albums list remains unchanged from last week.
Hill's Breathe is #3, Shania Twain's Come on Over is #4, George Strait's Latest Greatest Straitest Hits is #5, Lonestar's Lonely Grille is #6, Tim McGraw's A Place in the Sun is #7, the Chicks' Wide Open Spaces is #8, Toby Keith's How Do You Like Me Now?! is #9 and Kenny Rogers' She Rides Wild Horses is #10.
Dwight Yoakam's new acoustic album, dwightyoakam.net, debuts at #24 as the only new album on the Country Albums chart this week. Mary Chapin Carpenter's Party Doll and Other Hits re-enters the album chart at #72.
Yoakam's album also debuts at #195 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. On that same chart, Womack's I Hope You Dance drops from #17 to #30. The Dixie Chicks' Fly, at #24, is the only other country album in the top 30 on that chart.
Womack's album drops from #9 to #26 on the Top Internet Albums chart, with Hill's Breathe at #33 and the Chicks' Fly at #38 the only other country albums on that chart.
Gilman's album, also titled One Voice (RealAudio excerpt of title track), has a June 20 release date.