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Carrie Underwood Sparkles on Top Country Albums Chart With ‘Denim & Rhinestones’

Plus, Bailey Zimmerman blasts in on Hot Country Songs.

Carrie Underwood‘s Denim & Rhinestones debuts at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart dated June 25, marking her 10th top 10 in as many visits. Released June 10, the set earned 31,000 equivalent album units, with 22,000 in album sales, in the week ending June 16, according to Luminate.

The collection concurrently begins at No. 4 on Top Album Sales and No. 10 on the Billboard 200, likewise awarding Underwood her 10th top 10 on each all-genre tally.


The LP, which Underwood and David Garcia co-produced, features 12 tracks, 11 of which she co-wrote. It follows Underwood’s spiritual set My Savior, which entered at the Top Country Albums summit in April 2021, becoming her ninth career-opening No. 1 debut. The latter concurrently bowed at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, becoming her second leader.

The 2005 American Idol champ began her Top Country Albums history when her debut LP, Some Hearts, launched on top in December 2005, starting a 27-week command.

On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs survey, the new effort’s lead single “Ghost Story” rises 15-12 for a new best, with a 15% gain to 6.1 million U.S. streams. On Country Airplay, the track pushes 19-16, also for a new high, up 8% to 8.8 million impressions.

Underwood is set to start her Denim & Rhinestones Tour Oct. 15 in Greenville, S.C., with special guest Jimmie Allen. The 43-city trek is scheduled to wrap March 17, 2023, in Seattle.

More Morgan

Morgan Wallen’s 30-song Dangerous: The Double Album leads Top Country Albums for a record-extending 62nd week (52,000 units, down less than 1%).

Current Dangerous single “Wasted on You” dominates Hot Country Songs for a sixth week. On Country Airplay, it ascends 3-2 for a new high (28.7 million, up 7%). It also corralled 11.9 million clicks and sold 4,000 downloads.

‘Rock’ Rolls In

Bailey Zimmerman’s “Rock and a Hard Place” bounds onto Hot Country Songs at No. 2. He scores the fourth-highest premiere of 2022, after Morgan Wallen’s three No. 1 arrivals: “You Proof” (May 28), “Thought You Should Know” (May 21) and “Don’t Think Jesus” (April 30). Zimmerman adds his second top 10, after “Fall in Love” reached No. 9 on the June 11 and 18 charts.

“Rock,” which Zimmerman previewed on TikTok, where he boasts 1.1 million followers, ahead of its official June 10 release, zooms in atop Country Streaming Songs (11.1 million streams) and Country Digital Song Sales (11,000 sold). It marks Zimmerman’s first No. 1 on each list, after “Fall” reached Nos. 4 and 7 on the rankings in June and February, respectively.

Concurrently, “Fall,” now being promoted to radio, enters Country Airplay at No. 54 (682,000).

New Top 10s

Kane Brown nets his ninth Country Airplay top 10 as “Like I Love Country Music” rises 13-9 (15.7 million, up 16%). As the song hits the chart’s top 10 in its seventh week, it completes the quickest sprint to the tier since Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood’s “If I Didn’t Love You” also needed just seven frames to reach the region last September, ahead of its three-week reign beginning in October.

“Country” follows “One Mississippi,” which became Brown’s seventh Country Airplay leader in March.

Plus, Maren Morris adds her eighth Country Airplay top 10 as “Circles Around This Town” climbs 11-10 (14.8 million, up 6%).

‘Love’ Story

Luke Combs achieves his second-highest Country Airplay debut as “The Kind of Love We Make” enters at No. 18 (8.8 million) from its first three days of availability. Released June 17, it received hourly plays that day on participating iHeartMedia stations.

Combs made his highest entrance on the chart with “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” which began at No. 15 in May 2019 before ruling for two weeks that August, marking his eighth of 14 straight career-opening No. 1 singles that he’s logged through “Doin’ This” (May 21).