Gary Allan fans crowded into one of Nashville's newest clubs on Oct. 5 to show their support for an entertainer whose influences come as much from his home state of California and the Bakersfield sounds of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard as they do from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.
Ja Rule has full command of this week's charts, soaring, as expected, to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally with "Pain Is Love" (Murder Inc./Def Jam). The set sells 361,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, a nice increase over the 276,000 first-week numbers for last year's "Rule 3:36." His is the only top-10 debut on The Billboard 200, and pushes Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) down to No. 2 after a three-week reign at the top.