Pistol Annies' 'Interstate Gospel' Debuts At No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart

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Pistol Annies perform onstage during the 'Interstate Gospel' tour at The Novo by Microsoft on Nov. 7, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Pistol Annies' Interstate Gospel (RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) drives onto Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated Nov. 17) at No. 1, marking the supergroup's second leader. The set starts with 30,000 equivalent album units earned (27,000 in traditional album sales) in its first week, ending Nov. 8, according to Nielsen Music.  

Gospel simultaneously enters as the act's first No. 1 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart. On the all-genre Billboard 200, the album bows at No. 15.

The 14-track Gospel is the third studio album from the trio of singer-songwriters Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. It was produced by Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf and Eric Masse.

Gospel marks the first set from the group in over five years, since Annie Up, which arrived and peaked at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart dated May 25, 2013; its arrival with 83,000 copies sold remains Pistol Annies' biggest sales week to date. The threesome's first LP, Hell on Heels, became its first Top Country Albums No. 1, as it debuted atop the Sept. 10, 2011-dated survey (with 44,000 copies sold).

As soloists, Lambert boasts six Top Country Albums No. 1s (encompassing her entire output on the chart), Monroe has notched two top 10s and Presley reached the top 30 with American Middle Class in 2014.

GRAND SLAM FOR COMBS: Luke Combs' "She Got the Best of Me" (River House/Columbia Nashville) becomes the first four-week Country Airplay No. 1 of 2018, while extending his longest reign on the survey. The song holds in the penthouse with 42.9 million audience impressions, down 5 percent, in the week ending Nov. 11.

Combs first reached No. 1 with his debut hit, "Hurricane," which led for two weeks starting on the chart dated May 27, 2017. He followed with "When It Rains It Pours," which also dominated for two frames, beginning Nov. 4, 2017, and "One Number Away," which led June 9, 2018.

"Best" becomes the longest-leading Country Airplay No. 1 since Dustin Lynch's "Small Town Boy," the only song to dominate the list for four weeks in 2017. "Boy" began its No. 1 run atop the chart dated Sept. 16 last year.

The last song to control Country Airplay for more than four weeks? Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man," for six weeks, beginning Jan. 2, 2016. Since the chart launched in January 1990, two songs share the record for the longest stay at No. 1: eight weeks each for Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett's "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," in 2003, and Lonestar's "Amazed," in 1999.

NEW TOP 10s: Kip Moore's "Last Shot" (MCA Nashville) becomes his fifth Country Airplay top 10 as it increases by 5 percent to 20.7 million impressions in its 46th week and pushes 13-9. "Shot" is Moore's first top 10 since "More Girls Like You," which peaked at No. 4 in November 2017. Moore's sum of five top 10s includes his lone leader to date, "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," in 2012.

Plus, Blake Shelton earns his 31st Country Airplay top 10 as "Turnin' Me On" (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) lifts 11-10 (20.6 million, up 1 percent).

Shelton keeps in ninth place for the most top 10s among solo males in the Country Airplay chart's history and ties Rascal Flatts for the 11th-best total among all artists. George Strait leads all acts with 61 top 10s.


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