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Toby Keith sells most country albums

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 – It was a good week for debuts on the country chart with Toby Keith leading the way with "American Ride." Keith sold about 90,000 units of his latest to top the Billboard chart, which officially drops Thursday.

Luke Bryan lands at number 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and 6 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 album chart, while Rosanne Cash achieved the highest chart position of her career with the debut of "The List" at five on the country chart.

Bryan sold more than 57,000 albums of his sophomore album "Doin' My Thing" in its first week of release. This more than doubled the first week sales of his debut album "I'll Stay Me" in 2007.

"I am completely blown away by the fan support," said Bryan. "I went into making this record hoping to show real growth as an artist and I hope I have accomplished that. This is a real great day for me, and everyone who has worked so hard. "

Bryan kicks off his inaugural headlining tour with his Miller Lite-sponsored "Doin' My Thing" Tour on Oct. 29 in Estero, Fla.

Cash's CD entered The Billboard 200 at number 22. Her highest previous ranking in the Top 200 was at 26 with the album "Seven Year Ache" in 1981. "The List" was also first on Amazon's Bestseller's list after its release on Oct. 6 and reached 4 on iTunes Top Albums chart.

Inspired by a list of 100 essential country songs given to her by her father when she was a teenager, Cash will appear on American Public Media's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, which will air live in St. Paul, Minn. on Oct. 17.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: These Eagles keep songs alive and well – The newly reconfigured Eagles lineup, which now includes Vince Gill and Deacon Frey in place of the late Glenn Frey, hasn't changed its set much since this modified grouping's debut at Dodger Stadium in 2017. Don Henley announced from the outset, though, how the group continues to tour primarily so it can keep the Eagles' many great songs alive.... »»»
Concert Review: Lovett could not have scripted it any better – Cerritos is a fair distance from Hollywood, but Lyle Lovett, who has accumulated a long list of acting credits, sometimes seemed like he was giving a company town performance this night. Maybe it was because Paul Reiser, the "Mad About You" star, introduced Lovett with a funny bit about what some of the man's songs mean (or don't mean).... »»»
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