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Johnny Cash to debut at number one

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 – When the Billboard charts are released Thursday, Johnny Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways" (American Recordings/Lost Highway) debuts at Number One on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and Top Country Albums charts. The album, out July 5, sold 88,000 copies, according to Neilsen/Soundscan.

Since 1958, while 7 of Cash's albums hit the top of Billboard's Country Album charts, only 1 other album of his has reached the top of the overall chart, 1969's "Johnny Cash at San Quentin." "American V" is Cash's first-ever release to debut in first.

"It meant so much for Johnny to be accepted by a new audience," said Rick Rubin, who produced "American V" and heads up Cash's label, American Recordings. "Nothing would make him more proud than this overwhelming vote of acceptance. Thank you."

"American V: A Hundred Highways," is the fifth installment of Cash's critically-acclaimed American Recordings series, and was recorded in the months leading up to his passing on Sept. 12, 2003.

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