Also This Week: Keith Urban Keeps Grip on Songs Chart; Lady Antebellum Owns Album Chart
Martina McBride claims her best rank in eight years on Country Songs, as "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" gains 65,000 audience impressions and hops 6-4 -- her highest perch on the radio list since "In My Daughter's Eyes" peaked at No. 4 in March 2004.
Although she hasn't topped the chart since "Blessed" spent two weeks at the summit in March 2002, the new song marks the sixth time McBride has competed inside the top five since then. Her overall chart history includes five No. 1 songs, 11 others that peaked inside the top five, and four more that reached the top 10. Label sources tell Billboard that the third radio single from McBride's "Eleven" album will be "Marry Me." Lead track "Teenage Daughters" peaked at No. 17 last spring.
High atop the audience list, Keith Urban achieves his seventh multi-week leader -- his first in three years -- as "You Gonna Fly" logs a second week at No. 1 (35.1 million impressions). Urban's 14th career No. 1 is his first to hold for more than one week since "Sweet Thing" dominated for two weeks in March 2009. His longest No. 1 runs happened when "Somebody Like You" (2002) and "Better Life" (2005) both spent six weeks at the summit. He also spent five weeks at No. 1 with "Making Memories of Us" (2005), and four weeks with "Days Go By" in 2004.
Opening with Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 30, Carrie Underwood posts her third-highest career debut on Country Songs with "Good Girl," the lead single from her next album, due at retail May 1. With only four days of airplay during the Nielsen BDS tracking week, the new single draws 5.3 million impressions at 78 stations monitored for the chart. Underwood posted her best opening-week rank when "So Small" popped on at No. 20 in August 2007, and her second-best when "Cowboy Casanova" bowed at No. 26 in September 2009 -- both titles eventually reached No. 1. The Oklahoma native most recently topped the chart as Brad Paisley's duet partner on "Remind Me" last fall, and as a soloist on "Undo It" in August 2010. Her "Mama's Song" stopped at No. 2 in January 2011. With 108,000 downloads sold, "Good Girl" also bows atop Country Digital Songs, her second leader on that list. She spent seven weeks at No. 1 with "Undo It" two years ago.
Also noteworthy on Country Songs is a No. 58 start by Kix Brooks' "New to This Town," which features rock singer/guitarist Joe Walsh. The track is Brooks' first post-Brooks & Dunn single, but isn't the first time he's appeared as a top-billed solo artist. His first chart appearance was "Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down," which peaked at No. 73 in 1983 (when the chart ran 100-positions deep), followed by a No. 89 peak with "Sacred Ground" in 1989. Interestingly, both of those tracks fared better on the chart when covered by other artists. The Osmond Brothers' reading of "Baby" reached No. 56 in 1986, and McBride & The Ride's version of "Sacred Ground" rose to No. 2 in 1992. Brooks co-wrote "Town" with songwriter Marv Green and former McBride & The Ride lead singer/songwriter Terry McBride.
On Country Albums, the country-heavy "Act of Valor: The Album" soundtrack pops on at No. 8 with 10,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The film was released in the U.S. on February 24, and is slated to open March 23 in the UK and Ireland as the similarly-titled "Act of Valour." Still feeling that post-Grammys kick, Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" remains atop the chart for a second straight week.