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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's 'Reunions' Rules Country, Rock Album Charts

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Alyssee Gafkjen

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

He also makes his Hot Rock Songs chart debut.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's Reunions tops multiple Billboard album charts dated May 30, following the set's first week of wide release.

Reunions vaults 20-1 on Top Rock Albums, 17-1 on Top Country Albums and 2-1 on Americana/Folk Albums, up 388% to 37,000 equivalent album units (31,000 in album sales) in the week ending May 21, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. In its opening frame, the album was available exclusively at independent retailers and sold 7,000 copies.

Reunions, which Dave Cobb produced, marks Isbell's third No. 1 on both Top Rock Albums and Top Country Albums, and his second with his band the 400 Unit. His solo LP Something More Than Free bowed at the summit of both surveys in August 2015 and The Nashville Sound, with the 400 Unit, opened at No. 1 in July 2017, with a career weekly-best 54,000 units.

Notably, Isbell is the first artist to lead both lists since he last did so with The Nashville Sound in 2017. Before that, Sturgill Simpson doubled up at No. 1 with A Sailor's Guide to Earth in May 2016 (the first such twofer since Isbell's Something More Than Free).

On Americana/Folk Albums, Isbell adds his fourth No. 1 with Reunions. In addition to his latest, Something More Than Free and The Nashville Sound, he debuted on top in November 2018 with Live From the Ryman, with the 400 Unit.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Reunions rockets from No. 149 to No. 9, awarding Isbell his third top 10, after Something More Than Free (No. 6) and The Nashville Sound (No. 4).

Additionally, four tracks from Reunions debut on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Rock Songs chart, marking Isbell's first entries. "Only Children" leads at No. 34, followed by radio single "Be Afraid" (No. 38), "Dreamsicle" (No. 47) and "What've I Done to Help" (No. 48). "Be Afraid" peaked at No. 5 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart in March, a new career high for Isbell, exceeding his solo hit, and sole prior top 10, "24 Frames" (No. 8, October 2015).