McGraw debuts in first
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
– Tim McGraw's 11th studio album, "Emotional Traffic," debuted at number one this week on the Billboard Country Chart, making it his 13th career number one debut.
The disc sold more than 67,000 units, taking over the top spot from Toby Keith's "Clancy's Tavern." The CD is the second best selling CD in the U.S. behind Adele's "21." The hits Felt Good on My Lips and the current single Better Than I Used To Be are on the McGraw release.
Kellie Pickler's "100 Proof" gives the former "American Idol" contestant her third straight top 10 along with her highest-charting album yet. Pickler debuted at 7 with 27,000 units sold.
"The most beautiful thing about this number one debut, over the others, is that it was driven by the fans and their eagerness to finally have this music in their hands," said McGraw. "The fans don't care about the business side of things...they just want the artists they follow to keep putting out great songs, and I think we have delivered some of the best songs of my career on 'Emotional Traffic.' The reaction to the album makes me even more excited to get back on the road this summer on the 'Brothers of the Sun' tour."
McGraw and Curb Records are embroiled in a lawsuit over his contract. McGraw is free to sign with any label, although the court case is continuing. He will tour Australia with wife Faith Hill next month and goes on the road with Kenny Chesney in the stadium tour.
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