Tim McGraw tops country music chart, slips to second overall
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
– Tim McGraw will have the second most popular CD in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are released Thursday, and "Let It Go" will be the most popular country album. The disc sold 177,000 units, a 46-percent drop from the week before when it was number 1. NOW 24 is the best selling disc in the U.S. with 223,000 units sold last week.
Martina McBride's "Waking Up Laughing" was third on the overall charts with 144,000 units sold and 2 on the country chart. This is well below the 185,000 units moved of "Timeless" released last year, although that also debuted in third on the overall chart.
Alison Krauss was 10th on the overall chart with "A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection," which sold 73,000 units. This is highest charting position ever. "Now That I've Found You: A Collection" from 1995 was as high as 13.
Alan Jackson, George Strait and Jimmy Buffett released a live disc, "Live at Texas Stadium," from a 2004 Dallas concert, which was 11th overall and 4th on the country chart. The disc sold 67,000 units.
Comedian Larry the Cable Guy's "Morning Constitutions" was 16th overall with 56,000 units sold and 5th on the country chart.
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Tim McGraw said of his 14th studio album, "Damn Country Music," "It's is all about passion, (taking him back to 1989) "when I came to Nashville to chase my dreams."
Country music has richly rewarded him over the past two decades, and he honors the genre's tradition here. The album gets off to a very traditional start with Celtic folk. The flute and skillful acoustic picking on the opener "Here Tonight" bring a Mark Knopfler tune immediately to mind. ...
The banjo comes first out of the speakers, the opening strains of "Overrated," the lead-off song on Tim McGraw's latest. But with a "1-2-3-4" count, the mood changes and goes for a more modern country approach. McGraw does about the same on the follow-up "City Lights" with Michael Landau's steely, but rocking lead guitar taking over near the conclusion as it does later hard on "Sick of Me" where the protagonist contemplates a need to turn his life around. ...