Bailey Zimmerman’s ‘Religiously’ Roars Onto Top Country Albums Chart
The 16-song set simultaneously enters at No. 3, as well as the Billboard 200 at No. 7.
Bailey Zimmerman scores his second top 10 on both the Top Country Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 charts dated May 27.
The singer-songwriter’s new LP, Religiously. The Album., which was released May 12, bounds onto Top Country Albums at No. 3 and the Billboard 200 at No. 7. It opens with 47,000 equivalent album units earned through May 18, according to Luminate, a weekly career-high for Zimmerman.
The album follows his nine-song set Leave the Light On, which debuted at Nos. 2 and 9, respectively (32,000 units), in October 2022.
Religiously was produced Austin Shawn, and Zimmerman co-wrote 11 of its 16 songs. The first two singles, “Fall in Love” and “Rock and a Hard Place,” topped the Country Airplay chart for one and six weeks, respectively.
Zimmerman, 23, from Louisville, Ill., made history when “Rock” ruled Country Airplay for its sixth week, on the April 27-dated survey, as he became the first male artist to spend six weeks atop the chart just two or fewer promoted entries, in a lead role, into a career. Only one other act overall has achieved the feat: Carrie Underwood’s first promoted country single, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” dominated for six weeks in January-February 2006.
Plus, on the multimetric Hot Country Songs chart dated Sept. 3, 2022, Zimmerman became the first artist to place three career-opening entries in the top 10 simultaneously, since the list began as an all-encompassing genre ranking in October 1958: “Rock and a Hard Place,” “Where It Ends” and “Fall in Love.” Zimmerman’s current single is the new set’s title track. On Hot Country Songs, it pushes 18-12 for a new best, with 9.5 million streams (up 34%) and 1,000 sold (up 36%). It leaps 40-29 on Country Airplay, up 62% to 3.9 million impressions.