Brooks box set charts in third

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – Garth Brooks is back. His "Blame It All On My Roots" box set debuts in third on the overall Billboard Top 200 chart with 160,000 units sold. That wasn't good enough to top One Direction, which sold a whopping 546,000 units of "Midnight Memories."

Brooks' six-CD/two-DVD set was sale-priced for $24.96 and sold only at Wal-Mart. Released on Thanksgiving Day, the disc was only out for four days when the charts was released. The disc features four discs of covers and two discs of greatest hits ("The Ultimate Hits" disc from 2007 is reprised here).

Brooks last charted on the Billboard 200 with "The Ultimate Hits" in November 2007. The new box was supported by a two-hour, live concert on CBS last Friday.

The Robertsons' "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" was fourth with 137,000 units sold, up 127 percent.

Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" climbed from 15 to 8 with 109,000 units sold, up 318 percent.

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