Big & Rich will top Billboard country music album chart
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
– Big & Rich will top the Billboard country album chart when it is released Thursday with "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace." The disc sold 103,000 units, good enough for sixth on the overall chart. That was the only country disc in the top 10. Big & Rich take over the top from Jason Aldean's second Broken Bow Records album, "Relentless."
The duo previously released "Comin' To Your City" and "Horse of a Different Color."
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