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    Chart Rewind: In 1991, Garth Brooks Lassoed History With 'Ropin' the Wind'
    By Gary Trust
    9/28/2021

    The No. 1 Billboard 200 debut of 1991's "Ropin' the Wind," the first No. 1 start by a country act, put the star on track to becoming the best-selling artist of the MRC Data era.

    Garth Brooks made history on the Sept. 28, 1991-dated Billboard 200 chart with his third album, Ropin' the Wind: The set became the first country title ever to debut at No. 1.

    The release also dethroned Metallica's then-five-week-old eponymous album. No small achievement, as the latter recording has gone on to become the best-selling album (17.3 million copies) in the United States since MRC Data began tracking sales in May 1991.

    After moving 300,000 in its first week, Ropin' the Wind has sold 9.6 million to date. Remarkably, Brooks, then 29, achieved these feats without the benefit of pop crossover airplay. Rather, it was his electric live concerts and a string of modern country classics from his first two albums, Garth Brooks and No Fences, that helped rocket his third album to a No. 1 launch and propel country radio to new ratings highs in the early '90s.

    Ropin' the Wind, which yielded five Hot Country Songs top 10 singles, including the No. 1s "Shameless" (written by Billy Joel), "What She's Doing Now" and "The River," became the first of nine No. 1 albums that Brooks has landed on the Billboard 200. With 73.2 million albums sold in the U.S. since 1991, Brooks is the best-selling artist of the MRC Data era, ahead of runners-up The Beatles, with 72.1 million.

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    • I figured this might be the best place to ask this: is there a thread anywhere (either here or elsewhere) which has the weekly sales of the number 1 Billboard Hot Digital Track (or Song) going back to when the chart first started in 2004 or 2005? There was a thread at UKMix many years ago but I've long lost the link to it and its probably not been updated for many years. Thanks!

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      • Originally posted by Robbie View Post
        I figured this might be the best place to ask this: is there a thread anywhere (either here or elsewhere) which has the weekly sales of the number 1 Billboard Hot Digital Track (or Song) going back to when the chart first started in 2004 or 2005? There was a thread at UKMix many years ago but I've long lost the link to it and its probably not been updated for many years. Thanks!
        There’s a thread on pulse with the weekly top 10 digital song chart with sales…
        Weekly Top 10 Digital Songs Sales Thread | Pulse Music Board (proboards.com)
        My thread on Pulse: Weekly Top 10 Albums Sales Thread
        http://pulsemusic.proboards.com/thre...s-sales-thread

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        • ^
          thanks oldbloke. I can now remember seeing that thread over at Pulse but I'd lost the link to the website.

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