Brooks tops country chart
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
– Garth Brooks will debut in fourth on the overall Billboard Top 200 chart with "Man Against Machine," his first studio album in 13 years. The release enters with 130,000 units sold.
As a result, Brooks is first on the Top Country Albums chart. This marks the 14th time Brooks topped the country chart. The sales figure is far below that of his last studio release, "Scarecrow," from 2001, which debuted in first with 466,000 units.
Sales of "Man Against Machine," are higher than reported because the disc is being sold digitally only through Brooks' GhostTunes web site. Those sales were not reported to SoundScan.
Taylor Swift continues to top the overall chart with "1989" for the third straight week. Swift sold 312,000 units, giving her total sales of 2 million units.
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