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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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