Strait goes to the top
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
– George Strait's new release, "Twang," will be number one onthe Billboard charts as the best selling album int he U.S of any style when charts are released Wendesday. The disc sold 155,000 units. This is the fourth time in Strait's career that a
new release has debuted in first on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time
debuting at number 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Strait co-wrote three songs on "Twang" including the debut single, Living for the
Night, which currently sits at seven on Billboard. Strait's contributions were a direct result of writing with his son Bubba
Strait. "My son's desire to write really inspired me," Strait says. "So when I
was putting this album together, I knew that I wanted to put some original
material on it. That's something I hadn't done since my second album. I hope the
people who buy this record have as much fun listening to it as I had making it."
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