Twain and Strait Continue Chart Reign

Shania Twain and George Strait continue to rule the Billboard music charts. Twain’s Up! recorded a 22 percent sales gain to spend its fifth consecutive week at the top of the Billboard 200 (which tracks sales of all musical genres) and the trade publications Top Country Albums chart. Strait’s “She’ll Leave You With a Smile” tops Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks for a second week in a row. With Twain at No. 1 on the country albums list, the Dixie Chicks’ Home remains at No. 2 and Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors stays at No. 3. Faith Hill’s Cry climbs one notch to No. 4 on the country chart. All four albums are in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 — the Chicks at No. 3, McGraw at No. 6 and Hill at No. 9. 12/27/02