"The Outsiders" welcomed with open arms atop Billboard 200

Eric Church's "The Outsiders" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 288,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It's the largest sales week of the year, and the biggest since Beyonce's self-titled album sold 310,000 in its second week of release last December. It's also Church's best frame ever.

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