Cagle Tops Country Albums Chart

Chris Cagle’s new album has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart to knock the Dixie Chicks’ Home from the top position for the first time in 18 weeks. Chris Cagle, his second album, sold 42,000 copies for the week, according to data from Nielsen Soundscan. The figure is less than 300 units above the weekly total for Home. Cagle learned of the chart debut prior to a Tuesday (April 8) in-store appearance at a Wal-Mart in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He celebrated Wednesday during a surprise luncheon hosted by his record label, Capitol Nashville. Cagle said, “For the rest of my life I will be able to say, ’I had an album that debuted at No. 1.’ That alone is gratifying, but to know that all of my fans were so anxiously awaiting new music from me is the greatest feeling.” Noting that he made other in-store appearances last week in Dallas and Houston, Cagle added, “I know that spending time with my fans at these in-stores and performing for them had a huge impact on my first week sales. I, once again, am very thankful to my fans for making such a difference in my career.” 04/09/03