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George Strait Releases Christmas Album

November 21, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ George Strait has another hit album on his hands.

The singer, whose latest album ``It Just Comes Natural″ is a top seller on the country album charts, has scored another success with his Christmas album, which is being sold only in Hallmark Gold Crown stores.

The greeting card company announced Tuesday that his holiday CD, ``Fresh Cut Christmas,″ was certified platinum (sold over one million copies) after just one week on its shelves. Its the latest made-for-Hallmark CD success for the company, better known for its cards than for selling music.

``We are thrilled to play a small part in the enormous success of this artist, and we are honored to be able to add another platinum album to his collection,″ Ann Herrick, a vice president at Hallmark, said in a statement.

Among the other singers who have recorded special CDs for Hallmark in recent years are Michael McDonald, Martina McBride and James Taylor.


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