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George Strait sings his way to the top

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 – George Strait's 37th album, "Troubadour," debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart with sales of 166,000 units. The charts will be officially released Thursday. This is the third time in Strait's career that a new album has debuted in first on the Billboard 200 chart and the 11th time on the Top Country Albums chart.

Strait takes over the top spot on the country chart from Taylor Swift. On the overall chart, last week's number one was Day26. Strait has 32 platinum albums (13 of which are multi-platinum). The only recording artists with more RIAA certified platinum albums are The Beatles with 39 and Elvis Presley with 45.

The first single from Troubadour, "I Saw God Today," sits at the number two spot on the country radio charts this week. Strait has 55 number 1s under his belt.

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CD review - Honky Tonk Time Machine At this stage of his nearly four-decades-long career, George Strait sure knows his sweet spot. Take a look at the cover of his 30th studio album, and it's understood that it's the honky tonks that are part and parcel of the tall Texan. Not to mention the title. And that means, Strait is going to be singing about drinking, loving and faith in styles ranging from honky tonk to straight ahead country to Tex-Mex stylings to ballads. You're also going to hear fiddle and pedal steel ...
CD review - Cold Beer Conversation recording front. This surprise release shows an artist now in his early 60s completely capable of being the leading voice for his brand of country music, which is increasingly rare these days. Strait always has enjoyed a voice that resonates and is dexterous depending on the style. And the Texan sticks with the types of styles that brought him to the top - traditional country ("Let It Go," "Goin' Goin' Gone"), Texas swing ("It Takes All Kinds") and Zydeco ...
CD review - The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium George Strait has been one of the most dependable country music stars for three decades. In this day and age, the Texan is a certifiable throwback. He's low key, not a self-promoter. All's he has done is churn out hit after hit for decade after decade. He has not been the kind of artist who put his finger up in the air either or trading his cowboy hat for a baseball cap. When looking up the definition of traditional country, George Strait sits at the top. Strait tackles 20 songs on ...

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