McGraw's greatest is top selling country CD
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
– Tim McGraw may not be happy with its release, but "Greatest Hits" 3 is the top selling country disc in the country. The disc at number 9 - is 1 of 2 country discs in the overall top 20 of the Billboard all genres chart, which will be released Thursday. Sugarland was 20th with "Love on the Inside."
McGraw said in a press release issued Tuesday that he had nothing to do with the release of the disc.
Nevertheless, this was McGraw's 11th number 1 album on the Top Country Albums, selling 44,000. The new "Hits" samples McGraw's catalog of work, stretching back to 1995's Can't Be Really Gone through to his current hit, Let It Go, which is sixth on Hot Country Songs this week. McGraw's first "Greatest Hits," released in 2000, has sold 5.9 million in the U.S., while its 2006 follow-up sold 2.2 million.
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