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George Strait tops the albums chart, outselling Michael Jackson

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george-strait-twangThey don’t call him the King of Country for nothing. George Strait’s 26th(!) studio album, Twang, debuts atop this week’s Billboard 200 album sales chart after selling 155,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. While not exactly a blockbuster number, that’s nothing to be ashamed of in these slow-selling dog days. Especially not when Strait managed to outperform Michael Jackson’s Number Ones, the greatest-hits set that’s been outselling the Billboard 200’s No. 1 for six non-consecutive weeks now. (It’s ineligible for the flagship Billboard 200 chart due to its age.) No one save Daughtry has been able to topple Number Ones since Jackson’s death in June. And considering that Number Ones moved only 80,000 units in this sales frame — a 19 percent drop from the previous week — its incredible run might be coming to a definitive close.

Just below Strait, Neil Diamond’s Walmart-exclusive Hot August Night/NYC CD/DVD combo landed at No. 2 with 57,000 sold. Cobra Starship’s Hot Mess, which is apparently not quite as hot as that Neil Diamond live record, took No. 4 with 42,000. And country newcomer Justin Moore’s self-titled debut made it to No. 10 with 34,000. Hey, maybe after he records another 25 albums, Moore can hope to be in Strait’s sales league.

What do you think of this week’s albums chart? Are you looking forward to any big fall releases making things a little more exciting in the coming weeks?

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