Strait scores another chart topper
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
– George Strait will have the second biggest selling album in the U.S. when the charts are officially released Thursday. Strait's "Love is Everything" is second to Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires of the City," which sold 134,000 units in its debut week.
The disc is Strait's 18th top 10 album, tying him with Paul McCartney for fourth place among male artists in chart history. Frank Sinatra was first with 33. Strait, of course, topped the country charts for the 25th time.
Lady Antebellum slipped from first to fifth on the overall chart with "Golden," selling 56,000 units, down 67 percent.
Pistol Annies were ninth, down 4, selling 30,000 units of "Annie Up," down 64 percent. Blake Shelton was 10 with "Based on a True Story" at 10, selling 28,000 units, down 26 percent.
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At this stage of his nearly four-decades-long career, George Strait sure knows his sweet spot. Take a look at the cover of his 30th studio album, and it's understood that it's the honky tonks that are part and parcel of the tall Texan. Not to mention the title.
And that means, Strait is going to be singing about drinking, loving and faith in styles ranging from honky tonk to straight ahead country to Tex-Mex stylings to ballads. You're also going to hear fiddle and pedal steel ...
recording front. This surprise release shows an artist now in his early 60s completely capable of being the leading voice for his brand of country music, which is increasingly rare these days.
Strait always has enjoyed a voice that resonates and is dexterous depending on the style. And the Texan sticks with the types of styles that brought him to the top - traditional country ("Let It Go," "Goin' Goin' Gone"), Texas swing ("It Takes All Kinds") and Zydeco ...
George Strait has been one of the most dependable country music stars for three decades. In this day and age, the Texan is a certifiable throwback. He's low key, not a self-promoter. All's he has done is churn out hit after hit for decade after decade. He has not been the kind of artist who put his finger up in the air either or trading his cowboy hat for a baseball cap. When looking up the definition of traditional country, George Strait sits at the top.
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