Jackson to lead country chart
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
– Alan Jackson will have the second best selling CD in the U.S. when the Billboard chart is officially released tomorrow. "Thirty Miles West" sold 73,000 units for his new label EMI Nashville.
Jackson was behind Adele's "21," which is at the top for its 24th week with 75,000 units sold.
While not on the country chart, Neil Young's "Americana," a collection of folk standards such as Oh, Susanna, debuted on the top 200 chart in fourth with 44,00 units. Carrie Underwood was 10th with "Blown Away," selling 27,000 units, down 13 percent.
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