Allan notches first number one
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
– Gary Allan grabbed his first number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as "Set You Free," his ninth studio album, debuted with 106,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Allan will be first on the Country Airplay chart with his hit single Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).
Allan also was helped by performing on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and discounts at retailers.
"It has been a long while, but it feels really good," says Allan. "I would especially like to thank all of my fans and everyone at radio. I would also like to thank everyone on my team who has helped to get me to this point. This is a great feeling."
This was Allan's best sales week ever. "Tough All Over" sold 99,000 in 2005. Allan's last disc, "Get Off on the Pain" sold 65,000 in 2010.
Allan first charted in 1996 with "Used Heart for Sale," which peaked at 136. While he was reached the top 10 5 times, this was the first time he had gone higher than number 3
Taylor Swift's "Red" is the only other country disc in the top 10, dropping from fourth to ninth with 32,000 units sold, down 21 percent.
The charts will be officially released on Thursday.
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Set You Free
Gary Allan sets it straight where his musical universe is at when he starts the disc with the words "That was a tough good bye" in Tough Goodbye. You know this is not going to be an easy, joyful ride throughout these dozen songs mainly constricted to heartache and hurting, just as Allan's past would indicate. A look at the song titles - It Ain't the Whiskey, You Without Me, Hungover Heart - makes that abundantly clear.
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The title may not evoke pretty images, and Gary Allan makes it clear where he's coming from, starting with the title. This is not the feel-good, pop country infiltrating the country airwaves these days. Life and especially love ain't easy at all, and Allan makes damn sure you know that in case it wasn't absolutely, positively clear.
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