The Straits Times
Published on Jan 31, 2013

Country singer Gary Allan bests Grammy nominees for Billboard No. 1


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Country singer Gary Allan scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday, keeping Grammy-nominated favorites from the top spot.

Allan's ninth studio album Set You Free sold 106,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, garnering the singer his best sales week in his 17-year career.

The Billboard 200 is the album chart for all music genres.

Allan, 45, who is a staple within the country music scene, has notched three No. 1 albums in the Billboard country music chart.