Cody Johnson Earns First Top Country Albums Chart No. 1 With 'Ain't Nothin' to It'
"I've worked for this my whole life," Johnson says.
Cody Johnson's major-label debut album Ain't Nothin' to It roars in atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated Feb. 2), earning 35,000 equivalent album units (23,000 in traditional album sales), in its first week, ending Jan. 24, according to Nielsen Music.
On the all-genre Billboard 200, the set, released on Cojo/Warner Music Nashville, enters at No. 9.
The 15-song Nothin' (including two bonus tracks) was produced by Trent Willmon. For Johnson, who hails from Huntsville, Texas, Nothin' is his first set released on Warner Music Nashville. While it's his first Top Country Albums leader, it marks his third top 10 effort. Previously, he released six albums independently, with two debuting and peaking in the top 10: Gotta Be Me (No. 2, 2016) and Cowboy Like Me (No. 7, 2014).
"I've worked for this my whole life," Johnson told Billboard after hearing of his first Top Country Albums No. 1. "I can't put into words what this means for me, my family, my band, my management and our fans. This is the culmination of 10 years of working without failure, no matter the obstacles. I am very honored."
Concurrently, Nothin' lead single "On My Way to You" rises 22-16 on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart. It bullets at No. 22 on Country Airplay, up 1 percent to 10.7 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 27.