Blake Shelton nabs his first million-selling album with 2011's 'Red River Blue,' which re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 194 after spawning four hit singles on the Country Airplay chart. His current album, 'Based on a True Story,' is his fastest-selling release yet.
On this week's Billboard 200, Taylor Swift's "Red" continued to rule the roost, as it sold another 344,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It blocked debuting rapper Meek Mill from grabbing the top slot with his debut, "Dreams & Nightmares," which started in the No. 2 position with 165,000. Meek Mill's set was one of five new entries in the top 10, which also included arrivals from Rod Stewart, Toby Keith, Neil Young and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
As projected last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album rules for a second week atop the Billboard 200, selling 344,000 copies (down 72%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week, the Big Machine Records album blasted in at No. 1 with 1.2 million, marking the largest sales week for an album since 2002.
Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter. The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year's American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced early Wednesday.