Keith leads the pack
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
– Toby Keith will have the top country CD in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are released Thursday. "Clancy's Tavern" was fifth on the overall chart with 69,000 units sold. Keith was behind Coldplay, which debuted in first with "Mylo Xyloto," selling 447,000 units.
Scotty McCreery was second on the country chart with "Clear As Day," which was down four to seventh on the overall chart. The CD was down 25 percent in sales with 42,000 units sold. Lady Antebellum was eighth, down one, with "Own the Night." The disc sold 31,000 units, down 10 percent.
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People of a certain age can recall a time in America when a polyester-clad party host would reward late-night diehards with a "blue" record. These vinyl gems (or bootleg tapes) would be funny and frank, both in their language and adult subject matter. They paired well with alcohol, and just owning them could make someone a little cooler by association. Such a concept might mystify millennials who can punch up any song they imagine. But Toby Keith remembers.
This collection of ...
Way back in the '90's, before millions of dollars, high profile political feuds and moguldom, Toby Keith could really sing and write a pretty good song! News flash! He still can on his nostalgic, 18th album.
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