Taylor Swift owns top of country chart
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
– Taylor Swift has the two best selling country CDs, including one that I available only at Wal-Mart. And Randy Travis had his best opening week ever with his first country disc in eight years.
Taylor's "Beautiful Eyes" EP with six acoustic songs and a DVD debuted first on the country charts and ninth on the overall charts. The disc, which sold 45,000 units, contains the title track and "I Heart ?" along with "Should've Said No" and "Teardrops On My Guitar." The DVD contains performances and an interview.
Swift's self-titled debut was 2nd on the country chart and 12th overall. This was the first time the top two slots on the album chart were by the same artist since LeAnn Rimes did it in 1997. Travis' "Around the Bend," sold 31,000 units, his most ever first week out. The release was 3rd on the country chart and 14th overall.
The charts will be officially released on Thursday. Alan Jackson will be number 1 on the song chart with "Good Time," his 23rd number 1 single.
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