McGraw raises his Southern Voice to the top
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
– Tim McGraw will be first on the Billboard country song chart with Southern Voice,
when the charts are released Thursday. This is McGraw's first number 1 since Last Dollar (Fly Away)
on April 14, 2007. McGraw moved from third to first and takes over from Reba McEntire's Consider Me Gone.
The title cut of McGraw's 10th studio album is his 23rd number 1. Since his first topper, Don't Take the Girl, on May 28, 1994, no artist has enjoyed more chart toppers. George Strait ranks with 19.
In November, McGraw achieved a first in the 53-year history of the Billboard 200 when the CD debuted at number 2, meaning McGraw went top 10 with each of his 13 Billboard 200 chart entries.
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