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Ryan Adams Scores Career-Best Chart Debut

July 5, 2007 11:52 AM ET

Kelly Clarkson< may have had a solid (but slightly disappointing) chart debut, but Ryan Adams has plenty to celebrate: His 758th album (okay, his ninth studio effort) Easy Tiger debuted at number seven, selling 61,038 copies. This marks the scruffy rocker's highest chart debut of his career, besting Cold Roses, which hit the chart at number 26. Just last week the White Stripes earned the same distinction; this week Jack and Meg stayed near the top of the chart (at number four) plus albums by Amy Winehouse and Paul McCartney also made the top ten. So was it Adams' new career as a homemade rap star or his penchant for taking the stage in a shower cap that boosted his profile?

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“Long Walk Home”

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