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Jennifer Nettles solo album debuts No. 1 on country chart

The south Georgia native hits No.5 on the Billboard Top 20o with That Girl

Jennifer Nettles, a native of Douglas, has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's country music chart with her solo album "That Girl." It opened at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. (Photo courtesy UMG Nashville)

Jennifer Nettles, a native of Douglas, has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's country music chart with her solo album "That Girl." It opened at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. (Photo courtesy UMG Nashville)

ALBANY — A south Georgia native is atop the country music chart today, but it’s not Leesburg’s Luke Bryan this time. Douglas native Jennifer Nettles’ new solo album, “That Girl,” has opened up at No. 1 on Billboard’s country music chart.

“That Girl” also debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart this week.

One-half of the popular Sugarland duo, Nettles is focusing on solo recording now. She spent a month last year at Shangri-La Studios in Mailbu, Calif., recording on the album with renowned producer Rick Rubin. Nettles wrote the first track, “Falling,” and co-wrote the next nine with writers such as Tim Owens, Derek George, Scott Patton, Mike Reid, Kevin Griffin, Sara Bareilles, Richard Marx, Phillip Sweet and Mike Reid. The final track is a cover of Bob Seger’s classic “Like a Rock.”

“Falling” can be heard at the singer’s website, jennifernettles.com, but there will be opportunities to hear her perform songs from the album over the next two weeks as she makes promotional appearances. She’s scheduled to appear Friday on Musicare’s Person of the Year tribute to Carole King, Saturday on “Jennifer Nettles That Girl” Saturday CMT, Monday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Tuesday on “The Talk,” Wednesday on “The Tonight Show” and Feb. 4 on “The Queen Latifah Show.”