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Week ending 7/13/13: #1 albums this week in country music history

lonestar greatest hits1968: Bobby Goldsboro – Honey (United Artists)

1973: Charlie Rich – Behind Closed Doors (Epic)

1978: Willie Nelson – Stardust (Columbia)

1983: Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson – Pancho & Lefty (Epic)

1988: Reba McEntire – Reba (MCA)

1993: Billy Ray Cyrus – It Won’t Be the Last (Mercury)

1998: Various Artists – Hope Floats: Music from the Motion Picture (Capitol)

2003: Lonestar – From There to Here: Greatest Hits (BNA)

2008: Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift (Big Machine)

2013: Florida Georgia Line – Here’s To the Good Times (Republic Nashville)

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7 responses to “Week ending 7/13/13: #1 albums this week in country music history

  1. Erik July 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    “Reba” sure had a long #1 streak!

    • J.R. Journey July 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Logging 8 consecutive weeks at the top in the summer of 1988, Reba is her second-longest running #1 album. Sweet Sixteen spent 13 weeks at #1 in 1989.

      Reba McEntire has a total of 9 albums that went #1 on the Billboard’s country album chart - Whoever’s In New England, What Am I Gonna Do About You, Reba, Sweet Sixteen, It’s Your Call, Starting Over, What If It’s You, Reba: Duets, and Keep On Loving You. After the SoundScan era (1991 to present), Reba didn’t log any consecutive weeks at the top of the album chart though – and the albums’ peaks always came from first-week sales.

    • J.R. Journey July 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      I can’t be totally sure without looking it up, but I think Reba and Loretta Lynn are tied as the female(s) with the most #1 country albums.

      • Razor X July 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

        “Sweet Sixteen” broke the record set by Dolly’s “9 to 5 and Odd Jobs”for the most weeks at #1 for a female artist. Shania Twain eventually broke Reba’s record.

        • J.R. Journey July 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

          You’re right. Shania Twain’s second album, The Woman In Me, spent 29 weeks at #1 in 1995-96. Twain also broke Randy Travis’ record for most weeks at #1 – male or female – when her third album, Come On Over, spent 50 weeks at the summit. She still holds that record.

  2. Michael A. July 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

    That’s some great chart trivia I never knew. Thanks!

  3. Paul W Dennis July 18, 2013 at 5:42 am

    HONEY was an across the board success, selling to both pop and country audiences. The album contained probably Goldsboro’s biggest copyright as a songwriter “With Pen In Hand” which was a hit for Johnny Darrell, Vikki Carr and Billy Vera. The album isn’t very country , even by today’s diluted standards but it sold.

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