Reba McEntire debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, sets record

08.26.09 8 years ago

It’s a little bit country at the top of the Billboard 200 this week as Reba McEntire comes in at No. 1 with “Keep on Loving You.”

The title, McEntire’s second to land at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, sold  96,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  McEntire replaces Texas troubadour George Strait at the top. His “Twang” falls to No. 2. Strait replaced Sugarland’s “Live on the Inside.”  However, country’s reign at No. 1 is likely to end next week when Colbie Caillat’s “Breakthrough” will likely come in on top.  But we’re not done singing McEntire’s praises yet:  “Keep on Loving You” is her 11th album to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart. She has now surpassed Loretta Lynn for the most No. 1s by a female artist on the country survey.

In a bit of a surprise, Third Eye Blind returns after a six-year absence to land at No. 3 with “Ursa Major,” which the band released on its own label. This is the group’s first top 10 album in its history.  Not to take away from the accomplishment, but sales were undoubtedly helped by a $3.99 price tag on release day through Amazon, according to Billboard.

Rounding out the top 10: Kings of Leon’s “Only By the Night” reaches No. 4, its highest position so far. Also noteworthy,  the  soundtrack to “Hannah Montana: The Movie”  soars back into the top 10, landing at No. 7, following the DVD release of the film.  Other high ranking debuts include Sean Paul’s “Imperial Blaze,” which comes in at No. 12 and Ledisi’s “Turn Me Loose,” which charts at No. 14.

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