George Strait

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George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer known as the "King of Country" and one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s.

Strait's success began when his first single "Unwound" was a hit in 1981. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won his first Grammy award for the album Troubadour. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist. In 2009, he broke Conway Twitty's previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty's 40. Counting all music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 60 number-one hits, breaking a record also previously set by Twitty, and giving him more number one songs than any other artist in any genre of music. Strait is also known for his touring career when he designed a 360- degree configuration and introduced a festival style tours. For example, the Strait Tours earned $90 million in three years. George Strait was successful innovating country music and in numerous aspects of being a part of popular music.

Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6× platinum). His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Strait Country 2
1982 Strait From the Heart 2
1983 Right or Wrong 2
1984 Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind 2
1985 Something Special 1
1986 #7 1
1986 Merry Christmas Strait to You 2
1987 Ocean Front Property 1
1988 If You Ain’t Lovin’ You Ain’t Livin’ 2
1989 Beyond the Blue Neon 1
1990 Livin' It Up 1
1991 Chill of an Early Fall 1
1992 Holding My Own 1
1993 Easy Come Easy Go 1
1994 Lead On 1
1996 Blue Clear Sky 2
1997 Carrying Your Love With Me 1
1998 One Step at a Time 1
1999 Merry Christmas Wherever You Are 2
1999 Always Never the Same 1
2000 George Strait 1
2001 The Road Less Traveled 1
2001 The Road Less Traveled / Holding My Own 1
2003 Honkytonkville 1
2005 Somewhere Down in Texas 1
2006 Strait Hits 1
2006 It Just Comes Natural 1
2006 Fresh Cut Christmas 1
2008 Troubadour 1
2009 Twang 1
2011 Here for a Good Time 3
2011 Icon 1
2013 Love Is Everything 3
2015 Cold Beer Conversation 1
Strait Country / Strait From the Heart 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 Greatest Hits 1
1987 Greatest Hits Volume Two 1
1991 Ten Strait Hits 1
1991 The Very Best of George Strait 1
1994 25 #1s 1
1995 Strait Out of the Box 1
1998 The Very Best of George Strait, Volume 1: 1981-1987 2
1998 The Very Best of George Strait, Volume 2: 1988-1993 1
2000 Latest Greatest Straitest Hits 1
2002 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of George Strait 2
2002 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of George Strait 1
2003 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of George Strait 1
2004 50 Number Ones 1
2005 Love Collection 1
2005 Chronicles 1

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