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Brandi Carlile's 'In These Silent Days' Launches Atop Rock, Americana/Folk Charts

Brandi Carlile
Austin Hargrave

Brandi Carlile photographed on Jan. 9, 2019 at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles.

She boasts the most No. 1s among solo women on each ranking.

Brandi Carlile's In These Silent Days enters at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts dated Oct. 16.

The set starts with 36,000 equivalent album units earned in the Oct. 1-7 tracking period, according to MRC Data. Of that sum, 32,000 units are via album sales.

Carlile earns her third No. 1, all tallied consecutively, on Top Rock Albums, a streak started with 2015's The Firewatcher's Daughter, followed by 2018's By the Way, I Forgive You. With three Top Rock Albums rulers, Carlile boasts the most by a solo woman in the chart's 15-year history, passing the two each by Fiona Apple, Colbie Caillat, Norah Jones and Alanis Morissette. She also ties Evanescence, Florence + the Machine and Paramore for the most leaders by any woman-fronted act.

On Americana/Folk Albums, Carlile claims her fifth No. 1, the most by a woman or an act with a lead woman, passing She & Him, partially fronted by Zooey Deschanel. She ties for the second-most No. 1s overall since the list began in December 2009.

Most No. 1s, Americana/Folk Albums
8, Bob Dylan
5, Brandi Carlile
5, John Mayer
4, Leonard Cohen
4, Jason Isbell (solo and with the 400 Unit)
4, Mumford & Sons
4, She & Him
4, Sturgill Simpson
4, Chris Stapleton
4, Neil Young

On the all-format Billboard 200, Days debuts at No. 11, marking Carlile's fourth top 20 entry. She hit a No. 5 high with By the Way.

The new album's lead single, "Right on Time," bullets at its No. 5 best on Adult Alternative Airplay. It's Carlile's sixth top 10 on the tally, dating to her first, "The Story (I Was Made for You)," a No. 3 hit in 2007.