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George Strait with next Number 1

GEORGE STRAIT’S LOVE IS EVERYTHING DEBUTS AT NO. 1
ON BILLBOARD COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (Wednesday, May 22, 2013) – Love Is Everything, the new album from MCA Nashville recording artist George Strait, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart this week, selling 119,843 units in its first week. That also earned Strait the No. 2 position on the Billboard Top 200. The album contains the hit single “Give It All We Got Tonight,” which Mediabase named as the most played song on country radio this week, earning Strait an unprecedented 60th No. 1 song. Love Is Everything is Strait’s 40th studio album.

 
“This has been a fantastic birthday week,” said Strait, who turned
61 last Saturday (May 18). “I’m thankful that my fans are excited about
the new album and enjoying the music.” 

Love Is Everything, which Strait co-produced with longtime collaborator Tony Brown, continues to receive great reviews, including:
 
 “His voice is in superb
form and … the album sparkles. Among the highlights is ‘That’s What
Breaking Hearts Do,’…. conjuring sensibility similar to Bruce
Springsteen’s ‘All That Heaven Will Allow.’ ‘Blue Melodies’ is a
reminder of how effectively a heart can be broken by a voice, an
acoustic guitar, and lyrics that succinctly summarize when a sentiment
is ‘too sad to sing.’”  Boston Globe
 
“Since he began churning out country hits in 1981…Strait has
cultivated a kind of stoic dependability unmatched among his peers. On Love Is Everything,
his stirring new album…. [Strait’s] vocals feel newly vulnerable,
particularly in ballads like ‘Blue Melodies’… and the gorgeous ‘I Just
Can’t Go On Dying Like This,’ which Strait wrote back in the mid
’70s….He’s putting more of himself in the music, too….There’s the
unusually vivid language in ‘That’s What Breaking Hearts Do,’ which
Strait co-wrote with his son Bubba…. But neither of those cuts prepares
you for ‘I Believe,’ another song by George and Bubba Strait (with Dean
Dillon) that appears to be about the shooting last year at Sandy Hook
Elementary School. ‘The night’s as clear as a big desert sky / But it’s
hard to see stars with these tears in my eyes,” Strait sings over
delicate acoustic fingerpicking, “Yeah, it’s hard not to cry / There’s
26 reasons why.’ ‘I Believe’ goes on to ponder ‘broken hearts that’ll
never beat the same’ and ‘shattered lives still reeling from the pain,’
yet insists in a chorus swollen with strings that ‘there’s someone who’s
looking after me.’ Carefully rendered and unabashed in its optimism,
it’s as personal as anything Strait has ever recorded. And it’s
completely devastating.  Three stars.” – Los Angeles Times 

Strait kicked off 2013 in high gear for the first leg of his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.
Only the June 1 show in San Antonio’s Alamodome remains in the sold out
tour. Known as the “house they built for George,” the Alamodome sold
out within an astounding six minutes of going on sale. The Country Music
Hall of Fame member is the highest ranked country act on Pollstar’s
2013 Worldwide Tickets Chart. Dates for the second leg of his tour,
taking place in 2014, will be announced later this year.
 
For more information on Strait, Love Is Everything, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour and more, visit www.GeorgeStrait.com.
 

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