The reliably astounding George Strait has done it again. This week his new album, Twang, tops not only Billboard‘s country chart but also the trade magazine’s all-genre Billboard 200 list. Twang sold just over 155,000 copies its first seven days out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
There are five first-time songs: Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” (popping in at No. 50), Jamey Johnson‘s “My Way to You” (No. 56), Big Kenny‘s “Long After I’m Gone” (No. 57), Steel Magnolia‘s “Keep On Lovin’ You” (No. 58) and Blaine Larsen‘s “It Did” (No. 59).
Albums returning to the chart are Bill Gaither Presents: Country Bluegrass Homecoming volumes one and two resurfacing at No. 49 and No. 52, respectively, Jimmy Wayne‘s Do You Believe Me Now (No. 70), Ronnie Milsap‘s Then Sings My Soul: 24 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Songs (No. 72) and Hank Williams III‘s Damn Right Rebel Proud (No. 74).