Keith Urban’s “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood and Billy Currington’s “Do I Make You Wanna” are both No. 1 this week. “The Fighter” tops the Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country Chart, while “Do I Make You Wanna” is in first place on the Billboard Country Chart.
For Keith, this song marks his fifth consecutive No. 1 hit from his latest album, Ripcord, following the success of “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Wasted Time,” “Break on Me” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” It’s also his 23rd single to reach the top of the country chart.
In Billy’s case, “Do I Make You Wanna” is his 12th chart-topper, following the No. 1 smash, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” from his album, Summer Forever. The song, which was written by Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins and Jerry Flowers (who just so happens to play bass in Keith Urban’s band), was one of Billy’s favorite demos he listened to in making his current album and said it has that certain special thing. “‘Do I Make You Wanna’ was a strong contender [for first single] for me and I think other people at the label,” says Billy. “It’s just got that laid-back thing, and easy to sing and just a really, really cool song. A cool vibe, that’s definitely what I’d say about this. It’s got that vibe.”
Keith Urban (The Fighter) 2 OC: …pretty universal. :37
“It was a really simple idea that you’re in a relationship, at the beginning of the relationship, and in my case, the girl is saying, she just wants reassurance, and I thought I’d love to hear that in a song where the girl says really simple things, like ‘What if I fall?’ And the guy’s like, ‘I won’t let you fall?’ ‘And if I cry?’ ‘I’ll never make you cry.’ ‘And if I get scared?’ The guy says, ‘I’ll hold you tighter, and when they’re trying to get to you, I’ll be the fighter.’ I just liked the simplicity of all that, because that’s been my experience. More often than not, the more real, simple scenario is pretty universal.”
Billy Currington (Do I Make You Wanna) OC: …number ones. :42
“‘Do I Make You Wanna’ was recorded, actually, it was one of the first three songs that was recorded. It was ‘Don’t It,’ ‘Do I Make You Wanna’ and a song called ‘Soundtrack.’ And those three were recorded and sent in for the first single. You know, we had to pick a song out of those three songs. ‘Do I Make You Wanna’ was a strong contender [for first single] for me and I think other people at the label. It’s just got that laid-back thing, and easy to sing and just a really, really cool song. A cool vibe, that’s definitely what I’d say about this. It’s got that vibe. The writers aren’t too bad either. [laughs] They’ve had quite a few number-ones.”