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RaeLynn's 'Wildhorse' Trots to Winners Circle on Top Country Albums

Courtesy of Warner Music Nashville


Plus, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill add another Hot Country Songs top 10 together.

RaeLynn's debut LP Wildhorse debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated April 15), earning 20,000 equivalent album units (16,000 in pure sales) in its opening week, ending March 30, according to Nielsen Music.

The set makes an especially notable arrival: it's the first full-length by a rookie to start at No. 1 since Maren Morris' first major-label LP, Hero (June 9, 2016).

Fans first became familiar with RaeLynn when she reached the quarterfinals on the second season of NBC's The Voice in 2012, competing on Blake Shelton's team.

"Love Triangle," the current single from Wildhorse, rises 29-27 (7.8 million audience impressions, up 9 percent) on Country Airplay and 36-27 on Hot Country Songs.

NEW TOP 10s: On Hot Country Songs, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "Speak to a Girl" flies 33-6 following its first full week of tracking; it was released March 23. Driving its climb, the duet debuts at No. 2 on Country Digital Song Sales (44,000).

McGraw tallies his 55th Hot Country Songs top 10 and Hill, her 24th. "Speak" is their sixth together. Here's a recap of the couple's shared top 10s:

"It's Your Love," six weeks at No. 1, 1997
"Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me," No. 3, 1998
"Let's Make Love," No. 6, 2000
"I Need You," No. 8, 2007
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's," No. 7, 2014
"Speak to a Girl," No. 6 (to date), 2017

Plus, Dierks Bentley banks his 22nd Country Airplay top 10 as "Black" bumps 11-9 (25 million, up 11 percent).