Brooks tops chart
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
– Garth Brooks will be number one on the Billboard charts on Thursday with his box set release, "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences," in its second week out.
The set of six CDs and two DVDS - sold only at Walmart - sold 146,000 units, down from 164,000 last week. The disc was released on Thanksgiving, instead of Tuesday when new releases are out.
This is Brooks' ninth number one release, tying him with the Rolling Stones and Barbara Streisand at nine. The Beatles top the list with 19.
Last week's chart topper, "Midnight Memories" from One Direction fell to number two with 117,000 units sold, down 79 percent.
The Robertsons' "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," fell one place to fourth with 105,000 units, down 23 percent.
The charts will be officially released on Thursday.
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After releasing his debut album in 1989, Garth Brooks released music almost every year until he announced his retirement in 2000. Since then, he has released repackaged hit collections, new music on "Scarecrow" and "The Lost Sessions" and last year's cover song collection "Blame it All on My Roots." Over the years, there have been live recordings, concert and music video collections. The country songwriter became a pop culture icon, transcending genre to become »»»
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