Keith's "Bullets" packs a wallop on chart
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
– Toby Keith's "Bullets in the Gun" will be the best selling CD in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are released Thursday. At 71,000 units sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, Keith takes over for Kenny Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey." Number one last week, Chesney was down 64 percent to 65,000 units sold, good for number two.
"Bullets in the Gun" is Keith's fourth number one disc. Last year's "American Ride" debuted in third with 90,000 units sold.
Industry-wise, the news was not great because this was the smallest chart topping debut since SoundScan handled the charts in May 1991.
Zac Brown Band was fifth with "You Get What You Give, down 39 percent to 43,000 units sold.
Taylor Swift debuted in second on the digital song chart with Speak Now. The song sold 217,000 downloads with Far*East Movement first with 221,000 for Like a G6.
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