GEORGE STRAIT’S LOVE IS EVERYTHING DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:05
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- (Wednesday, May 22, 2013) – Love Is Everything, the new album from MCA Nashville recording artist George Strait, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart this week, selling 119,843 units in its first week. That also earned Strait the No. 2 position on the Billboard Top 200. The album contains the hit single “Give It All We Got Tonight,” which Mediabase named as the most played song on country radio this week, earning Strait an unprecedented 60th No. 1 song. Love Is Everything is Strait’s 40th studio album.
“This has been a fantastic birthday week,” said Strait, who turned 61 last Saturday (May 18). “I’m thankful that my fans are excited about the new album and enjoying the music.”
Love Is Everything, which Strait co-produced with longtime collaborator Tony Brown, continues to receive great reviews, including:
“His voice is in superb form and … the album sparkles. Among the highlights is ‘That’s What Breaking Hearts Do,’…. conjuring sensibility similar to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘All That Heaven Will Allow.’ ‘Blue Melodies’ is a reminder of how effectively a heart can be broken by a voice, an acoustic guitar, and lyrics that succinctly summarize when a sentiment is ‘too sad to sing.’” - Boston Globe
“Wagon Wheel” Hits No. 1 On Billboard Country Singles Chart
Performs on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tomorrow Night
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Tuesday, May 21, 2013) – True Believers, the third country album from Platinum-selling Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker, arrives in-stores today. The album features Platinum-certified single “Wagon Wheel,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart this week.
“I am so excited that today is finally here and I can share True Believers with my fans,” said Rucker. “Having ‘Wagon Wheel’ reach No.1 this same week is amazing to me. I’m very proud of this album, and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do.”
Rucker will perform tomorrow night (May 22) on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Due to extended news coverage on the tragic aftermath of yesterday's tornado in Oklahoma and last weekend's tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest, his live appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America," previously announced for this morning, was taped and will be rescheduled to air at a later date.
GEORGE STRAIT BECOMES THE FIRST MUSIC ARTIST IN HISTORY TO ACHIEVE 60 NO. 1 SINGLES
Monday, 20 May 2013 20:02
“Give It All We Got Tonight” Tops the Charts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- (Monday, May 20, 2013) – Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait became the first music artist in history, regardless of genre, to place 60 songs at the top of the charts when Mediabase named “Give It All We Got Tonight” as this week’s most played song on country radio. The song is the first single from Strait's new album Love Is Everything, released last week. “Give It All We Got Tonight” was written by Mark Bright, Tim James and Phil O’Donnell.
“I didn’t realize we were making history -- I just hoped we were putting out music that my fans would enjoy,” said Strait. “As always, I’m thankful to the fans and country radio for their support on all 60 of these number one songs as well as my entire career. They are the ones who made this happen.”
Strait fans, radio stations and some of country music’s biggest artists joined the "Sixty For Sixty" movement at sixtyforsixty.com to accomplish the historic career milestone -- giving Strait his 60th No. 1 single, while he was 60 years old. It came down to the wire, as Strait turned 61 over the weekend (on Saturday, May 18), but in the words of the man himself, “I may be 61, but I don’t feel a day over 60.”