Dierks Bentley & Sugarland Debut on Top Country Albums Chart
"The Mountain" & "Bigger" bow at Nos. 1 & 2, respectively.
Dierks Bentley collects his seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated June 23), as his ninth full-length, The Mountain, launches with 102,000 equivalent album units (94,000 in traditional album sales) in the week ending June 14, according to Nielsen Music.
Both sums are new career bests, surpassing the entrance of Bentley's last LP, Black, which debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated June18, 2017, with 101,000 units (88,000 in traditional album sales). All of Bentley's No. 1 albums have arrived at the summit.
On the all-genre Billboard 200, The Mountain enters at No. 3, marking Bentley's ninth top 10.
"Today [June 18] is truly a full-circle moment for me, as I am back in Telluride [for the 45th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival], where this whole project started one year ago," Bentley told Billboard. "I am most thankful for my fans. They have been engaged in and connected to this recent journey in a way I've never seen before."
Below Bentley, Sugarland's Bigger bounds in at No. 2 on Top Country Albums (30,000 units; 26,000 in traditional album sales). It's the first new album for the duo ofJennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush since 2010's The Incredible Machine, which opened as the act's third No. 1 on the chart (203,000 sold). Bigger is Sugarland's seventh top five set on the list.
The new album has produced two singles so far: "Still the Same," which peaked at Nos. 26 and 35, respectively, on Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs, and "Babe," (featuring Taylor Swift), which hikes 29-16 on Hot Country Songs after surging to No. 8 on May 5 and holds at No. 28 on Country Airplay (7.7 million, down 1 percent) after reaching No. 27.