Blake Shelton Scores Sixth No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart With 'Texoma Shore'
Also: bows for Kelsea Ballerini, Kid Rock & Lee Brice.
Blake Shelton earns his sixth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, all of which have debuted at the summit, as Texoma Shore arrives atop the chart dated Nov. 25, earning 63,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 55,000 were in traditional album sales.
On the all-genre Billboard 200, the set starts at No. 4, marking his 11th top 10.
The release follows If I'm Honest, which launched at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 (June 11, 2016; 170,000 units, with 153,000 in traditional sales).
Shelton entered the Top Country Albums penthouse for the first time with EP All About Tonight (2010) and followed with Red River Blue (2011), Based on a True Story… (2013) and Bringing Back the Sunshine (2014).
Lead Texoma Shore single "I'll Name the Dogs" jumps 10-6 on the Hot Country Songs chart, a new high for his 29th top 10 on the tally.
OTHER TOP 10 DEBUTS: Kelsea Ballerini's second LP, Unapologetically, opens at No. 3 on Top Country Albums, earning 44,000 units in its first week (with 35,000 in traditional album sales). Unapologetically marks the singer-songwriter's best sales week and highest start on the chart; her debut full-length, The First Time, began at No. 4 on June 6, 2015, with 13,000 sold.
Concurrently on Top Country Albums, Kid Rock makes his first appearance with his Southern rock/country set Sweet Southern Sugar, new at No. 4 (43,000 units). Two of its tracks have hit Hot Country Songs: "Po-Dunk" (No. 27, August) and "Tennessee Mountain Top" (No. 36, September). Rock reached a No. 4 Hot Country Songs peak in 2008 with the No. 4 smash "All Summer Long," which rose to No. 3 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart, boosted by heavy pop airplay.
Also new in the Top Country Albums top 10 is Lee Brice's self-titled LP, which arrives at No. 7 (15,000), marking his fourth top 10.