King of Twang Dethrones King of Pop

(Reuters) The King of Pop stepped aside for the King of Country on Wednesday, when George Strait's "Twang" replaced Michael Jackson's enduring "Number Ones" as the best-selling album in the country.

Strait's new set sold 155,000 copies during the week ended August 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning the country legend his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. "Twang" follows in the footsteps of Strait's 1997 album, "Carrying Your Love With Me," 2004's "50 Number Ones," 2005's "Somewhere Down in Texas" and 2008's "Troubadour."

The last time one of Strait's studio albums opened with less than 100,000 was in 1994, when "Lead On" started with 56,000. "Twang" is also his 23rd No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, extending his lead as the act with the most toppers on the list. - more on this story

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