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George Strait Has a ‘Good Time’ at No. 1!

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The King has reclaimed his rightful place on the throne, as George Strait returns to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Country Albums chart with ‘Here for a Good Time.’ With 91,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan, he also debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, behind Adele and Lil Wayne. While it marks George’s eighth consecutive studio album to top the country chart (and his 24th overall), it’s his first since 2006 not to reach No. 1 on the multi-genre chart. Throughout his career, he has scored 17 Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. The title track and current single is in the Top 10.

Jake Owen, whose ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ was No. 1 last week, moves to No. 3, while Jason Aldean‘s mighty ‘My Kinda Party’ climbs back up to No. 2. That album is now certified double-platinum for sales of two million copies.

On the Country Digital Tracks chart this week, Lady Antebellum roar into the top spot in their first week with ‘Wanted You More,’ scoring nearly 74,000 downloads. Expect their brand-new ‘Own the Night’ album to own the charts next week. Their previous CD, ‘Need You Now,’ remains in the Top 15 with almost four million copies sold since its release.

Heading toward the end of the year, the top five country sellers thus far are: Jason Aldean’s ‘My Kinda Party’ (1.1 million copies), followed by Taylor Swift‘s ‘Speak Now’ (692,000), Zac Brown Band‘s ‘You Get What You Give’ (577,000), Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ (555,000) and Brad Paisley‘s ‘This Is Country Music’ (470,000).

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