Alan Jackson has crossed the 50-million album sales milestone. Since his 1990 debut, the country superstar has released 16 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums. When his latest project, Good Time, came out in March, it was the fourth album of his career to debut simultaneously at No. 1 on Soundscan’s Top Country Albums and all-genre Top 200 sales charts.
Contributing to his stellar sales record have been numerous hit songs, a majority of which the Newnan, Ga. native wrote himself. As the first artist signed to fledgling Arista Nashville in 1989, his streak of chart-toppers started with his first project, Here in the Real World, which produced four No. 1 singles. The title track to his most recent album became his 33rd No. 1 hit.
Joe Galante, chairman of Jackson’s label group Sony BMG Nashville, said, “It’s a short drive from Georgia to Tennessee, but it’s a long way to 50 million albums sold! Alan’s songs and shows have propelled him to this incredible level of success. He has never lost touch with the fans, and they’ve shown their appreciation year after year with No. 1 singles and Platinum sales.”
Toby Keith prepping film, album releases
Toby Keith has a new album, film and soundtrack in the works.
Up first is the Aug. 8 release of his feature film, “Beer for My Horses.” The project is named for one of his biggest hits, a duet with country icon Willie Nelson. Based on a script written by Keith and comedian Rodney Carrington, the movie is described as a road trip comedy starring Keith and Carrington as sheriff's deputies chasing a drug lord and kidnapper.
This will be Keith's second film; he made his cinema debut in the 2006 release Broken Bridges.
The Beer For My Horses: Soundtrack lands in stores Aug. 12 and offers tracks from artists signed to Keith’s own Show Dog Nashville label. New trio Trailer Choir have the soundtrack's first single, "Off the Hillbilly Hook," which also will appear on their debut album for the label.
Also on the project are Show Dog up-and-comers Carter's Chord and Mica Roberts. Elsewhere the album features the Nugent classic "Cat Scratch Fever" and Tillis singing "Burning Memories."
When the movie promotion is finished, Keith will focus on his next studio effort, which will be released Oct. 28 on Show Dog. The lead single, "She Never Cried in Front of Me," is already climbing radio charts.
Randy Travis scores highest-ever chart debut
Randy Travis’ first album in eight years entered the country charts at No. 3 last week, marking his highest chart debut of the Soundscan monitored sales era. Released July 15 by Warner Bros., Travis promoted “Around the Bend” with visits to “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Good Morning America,” “Regis & Kelly,” “The Today Show” and “Entertainment Tonight.”
During his more than 23-year career, Travis has sold more than 21 million albums, making him one of the top 10 selling solo country artists of all time. He has scored 22 No. 1 hits, six Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards and nine Academy of Country Music Awards.
Gill gears up for acoustic outing
Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill is planning a special acoustic tour, starting Aug. 18 at the Lorain County Fair in Wellington, Ohio, and wrapping Nov. 24 in Alexandria, Va.
Accompanied only by pianist Pete Wasner and percussionist Billy Thomas, Gill will present an array of his most notable songs along with some new material. Gill says the tour was inspired by James Taylor’s similar recent road trip.
“In 2006 and 2007, I toured with a 17-piece band so I could reproduce the sounds of ‘These Days,’ the new album I’d made,” Gill said. “And it was a lot of fun. This year, I’m not out promoting a new album so I wanted to do something really different.”
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