Top Country Albums Bows: Chris Young, Darius Rucker & Turnpike Troubadours
Plus action for Margo Price, Willie Nelson, Brett Young & Jason Aldean.
Singer-songwriter Chris Young’s new album, Losing Sleep, roars in atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated Nov. 11), earning 39,000 equivalent album units in its first week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 32,000 were via traditional album sales. On the all-genre Billboard 200, Losing Sleep arrives at No. 5.
“I’m just so excited for Losing Sleep to debut at the No. 1 spot,” Young tells Billboard. “I can’t thank everyone enough who has bought, streamed and listened to this album.”
Losing Sleep, Young’s sixth studio LP, is his second Top Country Albums No. 1 among seven top 10s. His last LP, I’m Comin’ Over, -became his first Top Country Albums leader, debuting atop the Dec. 5, 2015-dated tally with 57,000 sold. Young previously charted with his 2006 self-titled debut LP (No. 3; 37,000, Oct. 21, 2006); The Man I Want to Be (No. 6; 26,000, Sept. 19, 2009); Neon, which brought his biggest one-week sales sum (No. 2; 73,000, July 30, 2011); A.M. (No. 2; 54,000, Oct. 5, 2013); and It Must Be Christmas (No. 4; 8,000, Nov. 5, 2016).
Concurrently, Losing Sleep’s title-track lead single vaults 15-8 on Hot Country Songs, becoming Young’s 12th top 10. The song increases by 10 percent to 21.2 million audience impressions and bullets at its No. 16 high on Country Airplay.
HIS ‘TIME’ Also on Top Country Albums, Darius Rucker’s new set, When Was the Last Time, begins at No. 2 with 34,000 units in its opening week (30,000 in pure sales). It opens at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.
Rucker banks his sixth Top Country Albums top 10 in as many appearances, a history that includes four leaders: Learn to Live, the first country album for the Hootie & The Blowfish frontman, having debuted atop the chart dated Oct. 4, 2008, with 60,000 sold; Charleston, SC 1966 (101,000; Oct. 30, 2010); True Believers (83,000; June 8, 2013); and Southern Style (52,000; April 18, 2015). Home for the Holidays, Rucker’s 2014 seasonal set, peaked at No. 3.
CHART TRAFFIC Rounding out the Top Country Albums’ top three arrivals, A Long Way From Your Heart by Oklahoma roots-rock and country outfit The Turnpike Troubadours bounds in at No. 3 (18,000 units). It’s the band’s third entry on the chart and second top 10. 2012’s Goodbye Normal Street debuted and peaked at No. 14, and the act’s 2015 self-titled LP started and peaked at No. 3. A Long Way From Your Heart also launches at No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums, where it’s the band’s first No. 1.
PRICE, NELSON RETURN Americana and country singer-songwriter Margo Price’s new album, All -American Made, opens at No. 12 on Top Country Albums and No. 4 on Americana/Folk Albums (7,000 units).
The set follows Price’s rookie set, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, which started and peaked at No. 10 on Top Country Albums and No. 5 on Americana/Folk Albums (4,000 sold, April 16, 2016).
Also on Top Country Albums, the legendary Willie Nelson’s Willie and the Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2 debuts at No. 19 (6,000). The set, a collaboration among Nelson and sons Lukas and Micah, is the second of the Willie’s Stash series of archival recordings. The first, 2014’s December Day: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1, with sister Bobbie Nelson, debuted and peaked at No. 26.
LOVE FOR 'LOVED' Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, welcomes one new top 10. Brett Young earns his third top 10 as “Like I Loved You” scampers 13-9. It rolls 14 percent to 22.3 million impressions and lifts 15-14 on Country Airplay.
ALDEAN HELPS HEAL After Jason Aldean sang Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" on NBC's Saturday Night Live Oct. 7 – in tribute to victims of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas Oct. 2, which began while Aldean was on-stage, and to Petty, who died the same day – his cover (released Oct. 20 and whose proceeds benefit the Direct Impact Fund) debuts on Hot Country Songs at No. 47, driven by 8,000 in sales.
Rock legend Petty earned a No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart in 1986 as a writer of Rosanne Cash's "Never Be You," which he penned with co-founding Heartbreaker Benmont Tench.