Viva 'Las Vegas'! Shania Twain Vaults 31-2 on Top Country Albums
Shania Twain scores her highest rank in more than a decade on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as Shania: Still the One: Live From Las Vegas rockets 31-2 in its second chart week (9,000 sold, up 622 percent, according to Nielsen Music).
The set serves as a souvenir of her two-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace and features six of her seven Hot Country Songs No. 1s, all tallied in 1995-98. (Of her leaders, only the folky "No One Needs to Know" is absent from the album. It does include her 33rd and most recent Hot Country Songs hit, "Today Is Your Day," which reached No. 36 in 2011, as well as the de facto title cut, her 1998 No. 1 ballad "You're Still the One.")
Twain had last ranked as high as No. 2 on Top Country Albums with her previous entry, 2004's Greatest Hits, which held the No. 2 spot on the chart dated Feb. 19, 2005, after an 11-week run at No. 1. Her smash 1997 album Come On Over is the second-best-selling set in the U.S. (15.6 million) since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991; it trails only Metallica's self-titled 1991 release (16.1 million).
Twain has sold more albums than any other female country artist in that period and is the fifth-best-selling country act overall, after Garth Brooks (70.4 million; the top sum among all artists); George Strait (45.8 million); Tim McGraw (42.4 million); and Alan Jackson (40.8 million). She's the 15th-best-selling album artist among all acts in Nielsen history.
Twain's chart action adds to her renewed profile. As previously reported, she'll hit the road for her first North American tour in more than 10 years when her 48-date Rock This Country Tour begins on June 5 in Seattle. It's scheduled to wrap on Aug. 23 in Fresno, Calif.
MORE 'TIME': Sam Hunt crowns Top Country Albums for a seventh total (and second consecutive) week with Montevallo. The set outsold Twain's by a nearly two-to-one margin (16,000, up 2 percent).
Hunt concurrently tops Hot Country Songs for a fourth week with "Take Your Time." The track gains by 2 percent in overall activity and leads Country Digital Songs (57,000 downloads sold) for an eighth week and Country Streaming Songs (2.1 million U.S. streams) for a fifth frame.
SWEET MOVE: Also on Hot Country Songs, Darius Rucker logs his eighth top 10 with "Homegrown Honey" (13-10). He'd last reached the region with "Wagon Wheel," which became his sixth No. 1 in April 2013.
(Twenty years ago this week, Rucker was enjoying his first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 with Hootie & the Blowfish, as the pop-rockers' "Hold My Hand" held at its No. 10 peak.)