George Strait Knocks Michael Jackson From Top of Album Charts

“Twang,” the new album from George Strait, country superstar, during the first week it was out in stores outsold all of the competition.

“Twang” sold 155,000 copies during its first week and became the first set since the death of Michael Jackson to top both Top Comprehensive Albums and Billboard’s 200 charts in the same week. Top Comprehensive Albums contains sales figures for US album sales. Billboard’s 200 features albums that have been released during the last 18 months.

“Number Ones,” the best-of compilation from Michael Jackson, which had previously topped each week the Top Comprehensive Albums chart since the unexpected death of the singer earlier this summer, dropped down to the No. 2 position with 80,000 copies sold this week.

More fresh blood was injected into Billboard’s 200 chart. “Hot August Night/NYC” from Neil Diamond, a live DVD/CD set that is sold exclusively at Sam’s Club and WalMart stores, made its debut at No. 2 with 57,000 copies sold in its first week.

“The E.N.D.” by the Black Eyed Peas came in at No. 3, selling 45,000 copies. “Hot Mess” from Cobra Starship debuted at No. 4 on the chart with 42,000 copies sold. “Only By the Night” from Kings of Leon remained in the No. 5 spot, falling just short of the sales total from Cobra Starship.

The Top 10 was rounded out with a hits compilation “Now 31” in the No. 6 slot with nearly 39,000 copies sold; “BLACKsummers’night” from Maxwell was No. 7 with just over 38,000 copies sold; “Leave This Town” from Daughtry sold nearly 38,000 copies to take the No. 8 spot; “Fearless” from Taylor Swift sold 37,000 copies for No. 9; and the self titled debut from Justin Moore sold 34,000 copies for No. 10.