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Darius Rucker debuts in first on album chart

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 – Darius Rucker's debut country album, "Learn to Live," hit number 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and was fifth on the overall The Billboard 200. The disc sold 60,414 units sold during its first week of release. This milestone for Rucker, lead singer for Hootie & The Blowfish, means he has achieved a chart double because his debut country single Don't Think I Don't Think About It, hit the top of all three major country industry charts.

This marks the third time a black singer reached number one; Ray Charles and Charley Pride previously hit the top. Charles was the last black artist to have a number one - Seven Spanish Angels, a duet with Willie Nelson topped the charts in March 1985.

Rucker continues to make promotional appearances across the country on. In January, Rucker will open dates for artist Brad Paisley on The Paisley Party tour.

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When Was the Last Time CD review - When Was the Last Time
Darius Rucker is so darn likeable, he likely gets away with creating subpar music more than most. However, "When Was the Last Time" is a consistently good album, which is as respectable as it is likeable. Rucker knows how to sing crowd pleasers, like the fun and funny "Count the Beers" and the all-star collaboration "Straight to Hell," which also features Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley. He shines brightest, though, on the more serious songs. »»»
Southern Style CD review - Southern Style
Although opener "Homegrown Honey" has a few hip-hip sonic elements fueling it, "Southern Style" is a fairly traditional - well, as traditional as Darius Rucker can get - album. "Homegrown Honey," along with the title cut and "Half Full Dixie Cup," make a play for Rucker's Southern credentials, and for the most part support these claims. Rucker is an easygoing vocalist, and this latest effort goes down smoothly. It's still taboo for country »»»
Home for the Holidays CD review - Home for the Holidays
When it came time for Darius Rucker to throw his hat into the holiday album ring, he was clearly aiming for the old school, traditional realm of such things. The heavy orchestration for these 12 songs hearkens back to the days when crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra tracked Christmas projects, rather than anything that might pass for country. With that said, though, Rucker represents himself quite well with this traditional album of (mostly) familiar Christmas songs. »»»