"Django and Jimmie" also gives Haggard his first top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Two country legends arrive in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart (dated June 20) as Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard debut at No. 7 with their new collaborative album Django and Jimmie. It moved 31,000 units in the week ending June 7, according to Nielsen Music. While both artists have been charting for decades, this is first top 10 set for Haggard and the fourth for Nelson. The latter logged his first top 10 in 1982 with the No. 2-peaking Always on My Mind and more recently claimed his second and third top 10s with To All the Girls (No. 9, 2013) and Band of Brothers (No. 5, 2014).
The new album -- named after late genre-spanning guitarist Django Reinhardt and country icon Jimmie Rodgers -- was released through Legacy Recordings on June 2, and is the fifth collaborative set from Nelson and Haggard. They first teamed up on 1983's Pancho & Lefty, and followed that with Walking the Line (with George Jones, 1987), Seashores of Old Mexico (1987) and Last of the Breed (with Ray Price, 2007).
On Top Country Albums, Django and Jimmie starts at No. 1, extending both artists’ illustrious legacies. With 30,000 sold in pure album sales, Haggard claims his 16th No. 1 — the second-most leaders in the chart’s history (behind only George Strait’s 25). Nelson now has 14 No. 1s.