ALABAMA REIGNS SUPREME ON BILLBOARD MAGAZINE’S GREATEST OF ALL TIME COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART ALABAMA LEADS THE PACK WITH SIX ALBUMS ON THE TOP 100 CHART GRAMMY® award winning band ALABAMA continues to reign supreme, posting six albums on Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Country Albums Chart. Reminding us once again, of the undeniable fact, that ALABAMA continues to hold the title of Best Selling Country Band Of All Time, garnering album sales and weeks spent at #1 on the Billboard album chart that remains untouchable, even by country giants. With half a dozen albums making the Top 100, the band posted more albums on the chart than any other artist in the genre. Other chart standouts include Garth Brooks with five albums, along with Taylor Swift, Kenny Rogers, Tim McGraw, and Waylon Jennings who each posted four albums on the chart. Known as trailblazers that helped to redefine the country genre, ALABAMA helped popularize country music bringing it from side-stage to the main-stage in the minds of Americans. By merging rock style guitars, sounds and pyrotechnics with country lyrics, ALABAMA revolutionized the sound of country music in w ays still echoed today by the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eli Young Band, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown Band, who count ALABAMA among their influences. Albums included on Billboard’s Greatest of all time Country Albums Chart: #19 – ALABAMA – Feels So Right #30 – ALABAMA – Mountain Music #61 – ALABAMA – The Closer You Get #68 – ALABAMA – 40 Hour Week #69 – ALABAMA – Roll On #76 – ALABAMA – The Greatest Hits Billboard has based the chart numbers on weekly performance on their Top Country Albums Chart (from its 1/11/1964 1964 inception through 6/4/2016). Titles are ranked based on an inverse point system. Weeks spent at #1 earn the highest point value, while weeks spent lower on the chart earn fewer points. Due to changes in chart methodology, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. To read the complete list click here.
Alabama to Receive Honor at 2011 ACAs. Iconic country group, Alabama are set to receive a special award, the Greatest Hits Award, at the 2011 American Country Awards. The band is also scheduled to join the line-up of performers for the television special. Many fans complained about the lack of “real country” at the 2011 CMAs. Perhaps, the ACAs are trying to answer this complaint by refocusing on more traditional country music. Just a thought. The 2011 ACAs will feature Kristen Chenoweth and Trace Adkins as hosts, and will air live on Monday, December 5th at 8pm ET on Fox. The list of performers so far includes both hosts as well as Blake Shelton, Pistol Annies, Thompson Square, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Miranda Lambert and Lauren Alaina.
Alabama to Host Bama Rising Benefit Concert to Support Tornado Recovery. Alabama is spearheading efforts for the event “Bama Rising: A Benefit Concert for Alabama Tornado Recovery” intended to aid victims of the tornadoes which raged through the area on April 27th. Sponsored by Verizon, the concert will take place June 14th at Birmingham’s BJCC Arena. This concert is set to be an all-star event with several of country’s brightest slated to perform including Brad Paisley and Martina McBride (a complete list of performers is included below). “My hope is that this will bring happiness and help to my fellow citizens in Alabama. I believe it’s extremely important that we do this benefit, and I want everyone in the state to feel like they are part of it. I hope we all can pull together to help get through the worst natural disaster I’ve ever seen in Alabama. I appreciate my friends in country music, everyone that’s been involved, and anyone that’s helped in any way.”- Randy Owens on behalf of Alabama A Bama Rising Fund has been established in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. All decision regarding the proceeds from the concert and any other contributions made to the Fund will be made by an advisory committee including representatives of the artists, promoters and the Community Foundation. Tickets will be available Friday, May 20th at 11:00am CST and range in price from $25- $150. The complete list of performers is as follows: Alabama Rodney Atkins Dierks Bentley Bo Bice Luke Bryan Sheryl Crow Sara Evans Taylor Hicks Little Big Town Martina McBride Montgomery Gentry David Nail Jake Owen Brad Paisley Kellie Pickler Darius Rucker Ashton Shepherd For more information and details click here.