First Time In 34 Years, Kenny Rogers Hits #1 On Billboard Album Chart
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Country music fans have been in mourning since they heard the news that the legendary Kenny Rogers had passed away on March 20.
His family released a statement on his Facebook page saying, “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”
While lots of country music artists offered up tribute covers, one way fans paid tribute to the legend was by just listening to his music. And because of this, Rogers has topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the first time since 1986.
The last time Rogers’ name was at the top of this chart was for his album The Heart of the Matter, which stayed up there for six weeks between Dec. 28, 1985 and Feb. 1, 1986.
Since his March 20 death, many people have listened to his 2018 greatest hits album The Best of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years.
According to Billboard, the album has “32,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 10,000 were in album sales.”
The album is currently sitting at number nine of the all-genre Billboard 200 charts, which is his first Top Ten on that chart.
What an incredible gift to Kenny.