Update: And the winner is … Pat Amo. Congratulations, Pat, we’ll be emailing you shortly. Thanks to everybody who commented, and keep looking for a special Patty Loveless package giveaway soon, and of course stick around as we spotlight Patty’s career throughout the month of October.
George Strait has had a longer run at the top than any other country star, past or present. Since his first single release, ‘Unwound’ in 1981, the man called ‘King George’ has been consistently releasing chart-topping albums and singles for the past 28 years. Along the way, he’s given us some real country chestnuts and keepers too. The 1980s saw Strait as a leader in the New Traditionalist movement of the time, and as the 1990s dawned, he continued his hit-making streak among a whole new crop of competitors. This decade has included some of the biggest honors of his storied career, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and recently being named the Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music. George Strait continues to be one of country music’s most successful artists – he is up for three prizes at this year’s CMA Awards ceremony, bringing his total nominations from the association to a staggering 76 nominations. Of these 76 nods, he has taken home CMA trophies 22 times, including back-to-back Entertainer of the Year Awards. I could go on and on about George Strait’s accomplishments – he’s the 9th best-selling artist of all time, in all genres, he has more gold albums than everybody except Elvis among solo performers, has the most #1 albums, the most #1 singles, and world-wide sales of over 75,000,000 units.
His 1995 Strait Out of the Box set also holds the distinction of being the best-selling box set of all time, with over 8 million units shipped according to the RIAA, and is an excellent starting point for anyone new to the music of George Strait. But since that set cuts off at 1994, we’ve decided to offer you a more recent collection of Strait’s hits, his land-mark 50 Number Ones, which includes the first 51 of his 57 chart-topping hits – with the addition of a new song, ‘I Hate Everything’, which also reached the summit.
To enter for your chance to win a copy of George Strait’s 2-disc 50 Number Ones set, leave us a comment telling us why you think George Strait has endured on the country charts so long? Is it his particular style of singing? The songs? Or just plain luck and perserverance? What do you think?
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