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Rodney Atkins hits the top

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 – Rodney Atkins tops the sales charts this week with the debut of "If You're Going Through Hell," landing in first on the Billboard Country Album Sales Chart and third on the all-genre Top 200 Chart. Atkins' sophomore release sold more than 55,000 copies in the week since its July 18 release, which contains the hit single "If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)."

The song remains a top 5 smash on both the Radio & Records and Billboard. This is not the first time Atkins has hit the charts. Atkins' 2003 release "Honesty" included a top 5 song with the title track. While a good week for Atkins, Billboard reported only one disc in the country sold 100,000 units last week in a year in which record sales are down from the previous year. Last week's sales were the smallest overall in 12 years.

Atkins wrestled the top spot away from Johnny Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways."

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CD review - Caught Up in the Country Careers don't see as many twists and potholes as the one Rodney Atkins has going - it took him six years between his first charted single just to release an album. While that did modestly well, it was 2006's "If You're Going Through Hell" that really put a crater on the charts: two consecutive singles for a total of eight weeks at number one and a platinum record. The next two recordings came in quick succession with big lead singles, but slow album sales. ...
CD review - Take a Back Road Rodney Atkins' breakthrough album, "If You're Going Through Hell," produced the top singles of both 2006 and 2007. His moment in the spotlight was brief, with his follow-up album,"It's America," being largely ignored except for the title track. From the get go on "Take a Back Road," Atkins comes across as a regular guy, not a detached superstar. There are songs about hanging out on back roads away from the hustle of daily life, getting fatherly ...
CD review - It's America When you've recorded Billboard's number 1 country song of 2006 (If You're Going Through Hell) and 2007 (Watching You), what do you do for an encore? Rodney Atkins is here to tell us: you don't mess with the recipe. As usual, the hook-seeking guitar licks lead the pop country charge, with the occasional appearance of fiddles and banjos for seasoning. Atkins tapped into the services of an army of writers for the 11 songs, including 3 he helped write. ...

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