The singer passes Carrie Underwood, who's begun with four No. 1s. Plus, moves for Florida Georgia Line and Little Big Town.
As "Platinum" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with 180,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miranda Lambert becomes the first artist in the survey's 50-year history to post five consecutive career-opening No. 1s. (All of her albums have additionally launched at the summit).
Lambert passes Carrie Underwood, who's scored four No. 1s in her first four tries, a still-active streak dating to 2005; Underwood has also debuted at No. 1 with all four sets. The other acts to arrive with multiple career-starting Top Country Albums No. 1s are LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson (three each), Wynonna Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kellie Pickler and Lady Antebellum (two each).
As previously reported, Lambert concurrently crowns the Billboard 200 for the first time, notching her best sales week and the largest for an album by a female country artist since the week ending Dec. 30, 2012, when Taylor Swift's "Red" sold 241,000. Lambert is just the 11th female country artist to top the Billboard 200 (which became a regularly published list in 1956). Prior to Lambert, Swift was the last country female artist to notch her first No. 1, having topped the list for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008, when "Fearless" bowed at No. 1.
Impressively, each of Lambert's albums has started with successively a larger debut week than those before. Her first release, "Kerosene," bowed in 2005 with 40,000. She followed with 2007's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (53,000), 2009's "Revolution" (66,000) and 2011's "Four the Record" (133,000).
On Hot Country Songs, Lambert's new single "Somethin' Bad," with Underwood, flies 25-12 with Streaming Gainer honors (710,000 total U.S. streams, up 69 percent, according to Nielsen BDS), while lead "Platinum" lead track "Automatic" bullets for a second week at its No. 4 peak.
'ROLL' NOT OVER: Atop Hot Country Songs, Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll" (featuring Luke Bryan), halts an eight-week run at No. 1 for Bryan's "Play It Again" (1-2). "Roll," which previously led the survey for four straight frames in March/April, rebounds with Digital Gainer stripes (130,000 sold, up 130 percent), with more than half of those sales (55 percent) from its new pop remix featuring Jason Derulo. The three acts performed "Roll" as part of a medley, with ZZ Top, to open the CMT Music Awards on June 4. On the Billboard Hot 100, "Roll" roars to a new peak (26-15).
"Roll" marks the second FGL summer remix of a hit with a pop/R&B act. Last year, the duo added rapper Nelly to its debut hit "Cruise," helping it reach No. 4 on the Hot 100 and No. 7 on Pop Songs. Aided by its reinvention, "Cruise" topped Hot Country Songs for a record 24 weeks.
BOTTOMS UP: A toast to the two new top 10s on Hot Country Songs. Dierks Bentley lands his 17th top 10 with "Drunk on a Plane" and Lady Antebellum nabs its 12th with "Bartender" (19-8).
BOTTOMS UP, PT. 2: Little Big Town posts a career-high debut on Country Airplay with "Day Drinking," which opens with Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 32. That surpasses the group's previous best start, set when "Tornado" blew in at No. 47 on the Oct. 13, 2012, list. (It went on to peak at No. 2.) The group also posts best-ever debuts on Hot Country Songs (No. 22) and Country Digital Songs (No. 6), where "Day" breaks with 48,000 sold.
The foursome premiered the new song on the CMT Music Awards and performed it June 7 at a sold-out concert at Nashville's LP Field as part of the CMA Music Festival. Little Big Town will serve as the host act of the annual ABC special "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," which airs Aug. 5 and includes performances taped during the four-day event. "Drinking" introduces the group's sixth studio album, for which no release date or title has yet been announced.