Strait's "Troubadour" goes platinum
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
– George Strait's "Troubadour" went platinum for sales of 1 million units. Strait now has 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums resulting in the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Strait's new single, Living for the Night, is the most added song this week on both R&R/Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts, garnering 63 first-week adds. The song is Strait's debut single from his forthcoming album, "Twang," to be released early fall.
This weekend, Strait headlines the inaugural event at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. He sold out the stadium in less than one hour. Strait will be joined by Reba McEntire, hit singer/songwriter Blake Shelton and recording artist and Julianne Hough.
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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 ...
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 ...
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.
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