Carrie Underwood, 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debut on Country Charts

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Carrie Underwood performs at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Underwood scores her record-tying fifth consecutive No. 1 bow, of five career releases, on Top Country Albums.

Carrie Underwood storms Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which arrives at No. 1 with 94,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set marks her record-tying fifth consecutive No. 1 bow of five career releases.

Underwood starts at the only place she's ever known on Top Country Albums. Her four prior No. 1 launches: her debut album Some Hearts (2005), Carnival Ride (2007), Play On (2009) and Blown Away (2012).

Miranda Lambert is the only other artist to arrive with five No. 1 debuts on Top Country Albums (which premiered in 1964): Kerosene (2005), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007), Revolution (2009), Four the Record (2011) and, in June, Platinum.

Underwood's new two-disc set marks the biggest debut sales week for a country best-of title since Toby Keith's 35 Biggest Hits debuted with 103,000 on the May 24, 2008 chart. It's the best debut sales week for a country female's hits package since Reba McEntire's Reba: #1s began with 117,000 (Dec. 10, 2005).

Underwood's collection splashes onto the Billboard 200 at No. 4 with the highest-charting greatest hits since Frank Sinatra's Nothing But the Best re-entered at No. 3 on Aug. 25, 2012. It's the largest sales week for a hits package since Whitney Houston's Whitney: The Greatest Hits sold 112,000 nearly three years ago (March 17, 2012), and the biggest debut sales week for a hits album since Sinatra's Nothing bowed with 99,000 (May 31, 2008).

On Hot Country Songs, "Something in the Water," Underwood's new single from her hits set, bullets for a second week at No. 2 after a three-week run atop the chart. A second new song, "Little Toy Guns," enters the list at No. 40.

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BOYD: Craig Wayne Boyd, the newly-crowned seventh-season winner of NBC's The Voice, places new versions of classic compositions on Hot Country Songs for a fourth straight week. Gospel standard "The Old Rugged Cross" snares the Hot Shot Debut at No. 7, and his cover of Merle Haggard's 1969 blue-collar anthem "Workin' Man Blues" bows at No. 37.

"Cross," which makes its first appearance on Hot Country Songs, also bows atop Country Digital Songs (65,000 downloads sold). Boyd performed both songs on the Dec. 8 Voice episode. "Blues" bows at No. 19 on Country Digital Songs (12,000 sold).

The same night, Voice coach Blake Shelton and duet partner Ashley Monroe performed current single "Lonely Tonight," helping to lift it 21-5 with top Digital Gainer honors on Hot Country Songs. It's Shelton's 22nd top 10 and Monroe's first. The pair also performed the track on the Dec. 11 Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC. "Lonely" reaches a new peak (9-2) on Country Digital Songs (41,000 sold, up 147 percent).

10 SPOT: As Tim McGraw notches his 27th No. 1 on Country Airplay with "Shotgun Rider," Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan add top 10s on the tally.

FGL flags its seventh straight top 10 single with "Sun Daze" (11-9), the second single from the duo's sophomore album, Anything Goes. Lead track "Dirt" became the pair's fifth No. 1 in October.

Bryan's "I See You" becomes his 17th Country Airplay top 10, advancing 13-10. Dating to his first week in the tier (Sept. 8, 2007), when debut hit "All My Friends Say" rose 13-7 on its way to a No. 5 peak, he ties Brad Paisley and Keith Urban for the second-most top 10s. Kenny Chesney leads with 19 in that span.

Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield and Gary Trust

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