"I am just thrilled and honored," Corbin tells Billboard exclusively.
Easton Corbin's third album is the charm, as About to Get Real becomes his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated July 18). In its launch week, the project moved 20,000 units, according to Nielsen Music. The album's success is fueled by current single "Baby Be My Love Song," which rises 5-3 on Country Airplay and 13-11 on Hot Country Songs. Corbin's previous set, All Over the Road, marked his prior best debut and rank, having started at No. 2 in October 2012.
"I am just thrilled and honored that I put something together that people would go out and buy," says Corbin, speaking to Billboard from a radio stop at WPOR Portland, Maine. "I am not ever sure I've cut something special when I'm recording. I never look at it like that and always just give my absolute best. I'm just truly grateful to my fans."
Meanwhile, Corbin's Universal Music Group Nashville labelmates Kacey Musgraves (Pageant Material, 1-2) and Sam Hunt (Montevallo, 2-3) join him in the Top Country Albums top three, marking the third time in 2015 that the label has claimed the chart's top trio of titles. No other label has earned that honor this year.
Also of note on Top Country Albums, country legend Glen Campbell logs an impressive week with I'll Be Me. The soundtrack to the documentary of the same name moved 2,000 units, up 195 percent, aided by multiple showings of the film on CNN over the July 4 holiday weekend. The film chronicles Campbell and his family's journey as deals with Alzheimer's disease.