Hag, Willie score top 10
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
– At 78, Merle Haggard notched his first top 10 album. Thanks to teaming up with Willie Nelson, "Django & Jimmie" is the seventh best selling disc in the U.S., according to Billboard.
"Django & Jimmie" moved 31,000 units, making this Nelson's fourth top 10 release. Nelson scored his first top 10 in 1982 with "Always On My Mind," which was second, and more recently with "To All the Girls" and " (number nine in 2013) and "Band of Brothers" (number 5 in 2014).
the Hag previously only garnered one top 40 release, his first duets disc with Nelson, "Pancho & Lefty," which reached 37 in 1983.
Zac Brown Band is ninth with "Jekyll + Hyde" with 30,000 units sold.
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