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Alabama goes number one

Wednesday, November 1, 2006 – "Alabama – Songs of Inspiration" will be number one on the Billboard country album chart when it is released Thursday. The disc sold more than 44,000 units and marked the first time an Alabama album entered the chart in the top spot since the inception of SoundScan in 1991.

Alabama took over the top slot from Dierks Bentley's "Long Trip Alone," which sold about 81,000 units its first week out.

"We really didn't know what to expect, since we've been off the road and hadn't put out any new music for so long," said Alabama lead singer Randy Owen. "When I first heard about this, I couldn't believe it. It's very humbling to see how dedicated the Alabama fans are."

The 15-track album includes traditional hymns, standards and two original songs as well as "Silent Night." Special guests included Ralph Stanley, gospel standouts The Isaacs and three granddaughters of Alabama's Teddy Gentry. The collection was simultaneously released by RCA Records to traditional retailers and by Provident Music Group to the Christian retail outlets.

"These songs have been ‘hits' for hundreds of years, and our hope was to just carry them along in the same tradition," added Owen. "They'll be around long after we're gone, and I hope what we did with these songs will fit in somewhere in a good spot in history."

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