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Shelton EP debuts in first

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 – Blake Shelton's new EP, "All About Tonight," will debut at number 1 on the SoundScan Top Country Albums chart and 6 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, making it his highest charting record to date. Shelton knocked out Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" from the top.

Shelton nabs the top spot this week on the Billboard and Country Aircheck (Mediabase) charts with his single, the title track. This marks his second number one of the year and seventh of his career.

The charts will be officially released Thursday.

Shelton is the only solo male country artist - one of three artists overall (Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band) - to log more than one chart-topper so far this year on Billboard's Hot Country Songs with his singles Hillbilly Bone and All About Tonight.

"I've been telling people in interviews that if someone had never heard my music before and asked me what album they should buy of mine, I would recommend this one because it truly is the best work I have done," Shelton said. "It's a validation for me to know that fans feel the same way about this album, and nice to know that you've done something right."

Shelton's latest has six new tracks, all produced by Scott Hendricks. His first EP, "Hillbilly Bone," was released earlier this year and debuted at 3 on Billboard's Top 200 chart and 2 on the Top Country Albums Chart.

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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. »»»
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