In yet another demonstration of his unwavering appeal, George Strait rockets his latest album, Love Is Everything, to the very top of this week’s Billboard country albums chart.
Nielsen SoundScan pegs the record’s initial sales at 119,598 copies, a number sufficient to lodge it at No. 2 on Billboard’s all-genres list.
And there are more Strait achievements to note. Read on.
Coming back to the albums chart are Old Crow Medicine Show’s aptly named Carry Me Back (No. 69), Blackberry Smoke’s The Whippoorwill (No. 74) and Jamey Johnson’s Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran (No. 75).
Rounding out the Top 5 songs array are Strait’s “Give It All We Got Tonight,” Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On” and Shelton’s “Boys ’Round Here,” featuring Pistol Annies & Friends.
And while “Give It All We Got Tonight” is No. 2 on Billboard’s country airplay chart, the single did reach No. 1 on the Mediabase airplay list, giving him his 60th No. 1 career hit as reflected by all trade publications, including the competing Mediabase chart used by Country Aircheck and, previously, Radio & Records. The track is still showing upward momentum on Billboard’s airplay chart monitored by Nielsen BDS and is likely to become Strait’s latest Billboard No. 1 on Monday (May 27).
Strait’s record label, MCA Nashville, promoted the latest single as part of a “60 for 60” campaign. He celebrated his 61st birthday on May 18.