Garth Brooks and the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack end the year at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and Tim McGraw is the year's dominant chart artist as 2001 winds down.
Billboard's final Top Country Albums chart of 2001 shows Brooks'
Scarecrow and O Brothercontinuing to dominate country albums sales. Toby Keith's
platinum selling Pull My Chain finishes at No. 3, George Strait's The Road
Less Traveled is at No. 4 and Martina McBride's Greatest Hits ends the year
at No. 5.
Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" knocks
Keith's "I Wanna Talk About Me" out of the top spot and down to No. 2 on the Billboard year-ending Hot Country Singles
& Tracks chart. Jackson's single -- in ascending to No. 1 in just six weeks -- becomes the first single to hit No. 1 that
fast since Brooks' "Longneck Bottle" in 1997.
Strait's "Run" finishes at No. 3 on the singles chart, Aaron Tippin's "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" is at No. 4 and newcomer Steve Holy's "Good
Morning Beautiful" climbs to No. 5. Debuting on the chart are Ray Stevens' "Osama-Yo'-Mama"
at No. 48, Kenny Chesney's "Young" at No. 50, Ty Herndon's
"Heather's Wall" at No. 53 and Tim Rushlow's "Love, Will (The Package)" at No. 60.
Billboard's chart summaries
for the entire year list the following leaders (eligibility period dating from Dec. 2, 2000, to Nov. 24, 2001):
Top Country Artist: Tim McGraw
Top Country Artist -- Female: Sara Evans
Top Country Artist -- Male: Tim
Top New Country Artist: Jamie O'Neal
Top Country Album Artist: Tim McGraw
Top Hot Country
Singles & Tracks Artist: Tim McGraw
Top Country Singles Sales Artist: LeAnn Rimes
Top Country Album: Greatest
Hits, Tim McGraw
Top Hot Country Singles & Tracks: "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You," Brooks & Dunn
Label: Curb Records
The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) year-end wrapup shows Brooks' Scarecrow
with sales already over 3 million copies -- as the top-selling country album of 2001. Brooks' Double Live album sold
an additional million copies this year, upping Brooks' cumulative sales figure to more that 104 million units.
figures show O Brother to be the top-selling soundtrack album of the year, with sales topping 3 million copies.
December, Billy Gilman earned his first RIAA multi-platinum certification for his One Voice, with sales topping 2 million.
Earning their first platinum plaques were Gary Allan for Smoke Rings in the Dark
and Montgomery Gentry for Tattoos & Scars.
Strait received his 28th
gold RIAA award for The Road Less Traveled, and Reba McEntire got her 21st gold
certification for Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: I'm a Survivor. Lee Ann Womack earned
her first gold single award for "I Hope You Dance."