Chris Young Slowly Catching Up to Alan Jackson
Chris Young holds steady at the top of the Billboard country chart for the second week in a row with 'The Man I Want to Be,' which also wrestled away the top spot from Joe Nichols' 'Gimmie That Girl' on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart.
The Tennessee native says the news that 'The Man I Want to Be' peaked at No. 1 came as a surprise to him last week. "It blew me away," Chris tells The Boot. "I didn't know to expect it. Last time, they're like, 'OK, this is the week,' and we were really watching the chart. This time, I was watching it, but I didn't watch it really, really close. And then I woke up Monday like I usually do at the crack of 11, and my phone had 18 voice mails and 20 emails from people going, 'Hey! You've got the No. 1 song.' It was amazing, and to be able to put them back-to-back, too, is such a big deal."
With two chart-toppers now, Chris looks to his tour mate, Alan Jackson, as an inspiration. "In my show I can go, 'Well, I've got two No. 1's now.' So, if I repeat this, like 80 times, I can have the same show Alan Jackson does," he says with a laugh. "It's like everything he plays is a No. 1."
Chris only has a few dates left on his run with Alan. The next stop on the Freight Train tour is Friday, May 21, in University Park, Pa., before they head to Charleston, W.Va. on Saturday, May 22. The trek, which also features Josh Turner, wraps up on Sunday, May 23 in Lexington, Ky.