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Kelsea Ballerini Debuts in Top Country Albums Chart's Top 10, Andrew Jannakos Makes Fast Start

Kelsea Ballerini
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Kelsea Ballerini performs for the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Plus, new top 10s for Jameson Rodgers, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani and Hardy.

Kelsea Ballerini scores her fourth top 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as Ballerini begins at No. 9 on the list dated Sept. 26. In its first week, ending Sept. 17, the set earned 9,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Ballerini is the follow-up and companion album to Kelsea, which opened at No. 2 with 28,000 units on the Top Country Albums survey dated April 4, marking the singer-songwriter's highest ranking.

For the new release, Ballerini returned to all 13 tracks and reinterpreted them in a more stripped-down production.

Ballerini previously reached the Top Country Albums top 10 with Unapologetically, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 in November 2017 (with 44,000 units, her strongest one-week total to date), and her debut LP, The First Time, which began and peaked at No. 4 in June 2015 (18,000 units). She first appeared on the chart with her self-titled EP, which started and peaked at No. 40 in March 2015.

Meanwhile, "Hole in the Bottle," the third single from Kelsea, lifts 31-27 on Country Airplay, up by 20% to 4.8 million in audience in the week ending Sept. 20. On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, it pushes 28-24. The song drew 3.9 million U.S. streams (up 20%) and sold 2,000 downloads in the week ending Sept. 17, after Ballerini performed it on the Academy of Country Music Awards Sept. 16 on CBS.

Kelsea lead single "Homecoming Queen?" reached No. 14 on Hot Country Songs and No. 17 on Country Airplay. Follow-up "The Other Girl," with Halsey, rose to Nos. 19 and 52 on the respective lists.

RODGERS' FIRST TOP 10 Jameson Rodgers earns his first Hot Country Songs top 10 as debut single "Some Girls" rises 11-10. It bumps 6-5 on Country Airplay, up 5% to 23.5 million impressions, and attracted 4.5 million streams and sold 2,000 downloads in the tracking week.

The achievement marks the first rookie Hot Country Songs top 10 since Travis Denning's "After a Few," which climbed to No. 7 in May. It led Country Airplay in June.

'HAPPY' COUPLE Blake Shelton's "Happy Anywhere," featuring Gwen Stefani, climbs 11-9 on Country Airplay (19 million, up 11%). It marks the pair’s second top 10 collaboration, and Stefani's second total top 10 on the chart, after "Nobody but You" led for two frames in May. Shelton scores his 35th top 10.

HARDY HOISTS 'BEER' Hardy nets his first Country Airplay top 10 as an artist as "One Beer," featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson, ascends 12-10 (18.3 million, up 13%).

Hardy reaches the Country Airplay top tier in his second appearance, after "Rednecker" peaked at No. 26 in August 2019. Alaina notches her third Country Airplay top 10, following two No. 1s: as featured on Kane Brown's "What Ifs" in October 2017 and with her own "Road Less Traveled" that April. Dawson earns his second top 10, after "All on Me" hit No. 2 in March 2018.

As a songwriter, Hardy adds his seventh Country Airplay top 10, with another already in the region: Jameson Rodgers' "Some Girls" at No. 5. Hardy's haul includes four No. 1s, all since June 2018: Morgan Wallen's "Up Down" (featuring Florida Georgia Line); FGL's "Simple"; Chris Lane's "I Don't Know About You"; and Blake Shelton's "God's Country."

HERE'S 'GONE' Andrew Jannakos' self-released breakthrough track "Gone Too Soon" blasts onto Hot Country Songs at No. 12. The 26-year-old from Flowery Branch, Ga., performed a blind audition on NBC's The Voice in spring 2019 and has built a robust following on social media. Prior to the song's release on Sept. 15, he posted snippets of it on TikTok, where he has nearly 700,000 followers.

In the week ending Sept. 17, combining the song's first three days of commercial availability, "Gone" sold 28,000 downloads to launch at No. 1 on Country Digital Song Sales and No. 2 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales ranking. It also drew 2.4 million streams in that span.

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