Season eight American Idol finalist Danny Gokey claims the best first-week sales showing on Country Albums by a rookie male country act in 18 years, and the best opening week digital sum for any country newcomer, as “My Best Days” opens at No. 3 on the chart with 65,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album also opens at No. 4 on The Billboard 200.
Gokey’s start is the best debut for a male country solo artist since Billy Ray Cyrus‘ “Some Gave All” blew in with 90,000 copies in June 1992, and bests fellow “Idol” alum Bucky Covington‘s May 2007 self-titled debut, which started with 61,000 units.
Gokey’s digital tally is 19,000, and inks a new benchmark for first-week digital sales by a new country artist, previously set when Gloriana’s self-titled debut album sold 9,000 downloads last summer.
The title track from “Days” jumps s 31-29 in its 13th week on Country Songs and debuts at No. 63 (27,000 copies) on the Digital Songs chart.
Gokey performed “Days” on “American Idol” March 4, and is scheduled for a pair of March 13-14 guest appearances on the WSM Grand Ole Opry, which airs at 9:00 PM (EST) both nights on Sirius XM satellite radio’s “The Roadhouse.”