McGuinn Breaks SoundScan Record

Mark McGuinn’s self-titled album on VFR Records entered Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this week at No. 18, the first time in SoundScan’s 10-year history that a debut album on an independent label has debuted in the Top 20. "Mrs. Steven Rudy," the first single, sits at No. 8 Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and has risen as high as No. 6. The last indie debut to hit the Top 10 country singles chart was "Atlanta Burned Again Last Night" by the group Atlanta on MDJ Records in 1983. Unknown before the quirky "Mrs. Steven Rudy" entered the charts 18 weeks ago, McGuinn had no previous songwriting cuts before signing with VFR, and he never built a name for himself playing clubs and industry showcases. 05/24/01