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By Bob Paxman
Country Weekly - January 7, 2003

Any way you crunch the numbers, the year was packed with impressive stats.  Does it all add up?  Go figure - we did!
1 - Ranking of Kenny Chesney's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems tour
2 - New members of the Country Music Hall of Fame - Porter Wagoner and Bill Carlisle
5 - CMA Award for Alan Jackson, tying the one-year record
7 - Months the couple in Brad Paisley's "Wrapped Around" dated before their engagement
10 - Number of "rounds with Jose Cuervo" belted by the guy in Tracy Byrd's No. 1 hit
2003 - Year that Alabama will retire from the road after a quarter-century of touring
40,000 - Fans who showed up at Tim McGraw's concert in Start, La., for the taping of his TV special
5,600,000 - Dollars Martina McBride and others raised for the "Grand Slam For Children" charity
15,000,000 - Albums certified in 2002 for Garth Brooks' Double Live CD, making it the best-selling live album in history
17,000,000 - Dollars Fan Fair generated for the city of Nashville
24,000,000 - Albums the Dixie Chicks sold as of 2002 - enough to stretch from Nashville to their homes in Texas, and back
38,000,000 - Viewers who watched the Nov. 6 CMA Awards telecast