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Kenny Rogers Tops Billboard’s Country Albums Chart for the First Time Since 1986

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Kenny Rogers has scored a No. 1 country album for the first time in 34 years.

The music icon died last week (March 20), making the accolade a posthumous achievement. But the singer’s death at age 81 — which his family attributed to natural causes — has clearly spurred listeners to revisit some of their favorite tunes by the Gambler.

Indeed, it’s Rogers’ latest hits collection that’s ascended to the uppermost position on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart. Released in 2018, The Best of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years has overshadowed all other country albums among the ranking for the week ending April 4.

Kenny Rogers’ Best Songs

According to Billboard, the compilation accomplished its chart-topping tribute with 32,000 equivalent album units earned throughout the U.S. for the week ending March 26, a total that was tallied by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. And a cool 10,000 of that figure was in pure album sales.

Rogers hasn’t logged such a feat since 1986. Back then, his album The Heart of the Matter attained No. 1 on the chart and remained there for six weeks, from Dec. 28, 1985, until Feb. 1 of the following year.

The Through the Years collection contains early Rogers successes, such as “Lucille” and “Lady” alongside latter-period material such as “I Can’t Unlove You.” The album also features some of the singer’s duets, including “We’ve Got Tonight” with Sheena Easton and “What Are We Doin’ in Love” with Dottie West.

In addition to the singer’s bittersweet charting feat, numerous country stars have saluted Rogers since his death. Those include Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Jake Owen and more.

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