If a talented country music artist is lucky, they have a hit song or two on the radio. If luckier, they might have a number one selling album sometime in their career. Accomplishing this feat multiple times and becoming a mainstay in the music business is something the elite few enjoy. But there is only one artist who has had 84 out of 89 radio singles make it to Top 10 (57 to Number One) and 24 albums at the number one position on Billboard’s Country Album chart – GEORGE STRAIT.
Strait continues to defy the odds, live up to the royal praise and deliver what only “King George” can do. His newly released album, Here For A Good Time, debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country Album Charts this week (his 3rd number one album debut in a row) and #3 on Billboard Top 200 Chart (behind Lil Wayne & Adele) with first week sales of 91,414.
The title track “Here For A Good Time,” written by Strait, his son Bubba Strait and songwriter Dean Dillon, is Strait’s 89th career single and sits at Number 8th this week on the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts. This marks his 84th Top 10 radio hit and continues the unbelievable streak of having all but 5 singles in George Strait’s entire 30-year career reach the Top 10 mark (those five landed Top 20).
“Strait knows how to pick a song and tell a story…” reports The Salt Lake Tribune, “This album shows why Strait continues to be one of the top-selling recording artists in any genre.”
“Obviously with each new album, Strait proves he’s not living off the heat from those first initial hits,” says Houston Chronicle.
“Strait hasn’t lost his touch for finding astonishing material…” says USA Today.
“Strait has spent his career defying music industry conventions,” reports Associated Press.
“This album is a musical statement from the man whose name it bears. It is a name that means sincerity, honesty and class. George Strait is a name that completely defines the word ‘country music.’” – Maverick magazine
Strait once again co-produced this album with his long-time friend and legendary producer Tony Brown at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, FL – the same studio where Strait recorded his last three award-winning albums. The Country Music Hall of Famer co-wrote seven of the album’s 11 tracks with his son Bubba and legendary songwriter Dean Dillon.
With a career spanning more than 30 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 to date inclusive of all charts). He has sold nearly 69 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
For more information and 2012 tour updates, visit: www.georgestrait.com.