Toby Keith leads country charts
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
– Toby Keith will have the number 1 country disc in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are officially released Thursday with "35 Biggest Hits." Keith sold 103,000 units of the 35-song package, which includes 1 new song, "She's a Hottie." The release was number 2 of any disc in the U.S. Keith took over the top of the country chart from a greatest hits package from Tim McGraw only available at Wal*Mart.
The second biggest selling disc was "Greatest Hits: Every Mile a Memory" at 43,000 and 9th on the overall chart. Taylor Swift was 3rd on the country chart and 11th overall with her self-titled debut. George Strait's "Troubadour" was 4th on the country chart and 14th overall. McGraw's "Greatest Hits: Limited Edition" was 5th on the country chart and 20th overall. McGraw sold 23,000 units.
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