UPDATE: A day after this story was published, the sales forecast for Joey + Rory’s Hymns album increased to 65,000, which should secure it a No. 1 debut on both the Top Christian Albums chart and the Top Country Albums chart. Its official sales figure is scheduled to be announced on Sunday, Feb. 21.
Country duo Joey + Rory are aiming for their first No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart (dated March 6) with their new album Hymns. The inspirational set was released on Feb. 12 through the pair’s own Farmhouse Recordings label and could sell around 50,000 copies in the week ending Feb. 18, according to industry forecasters.
That handsome sales figure would mark the act’s best sales week ever and also place the album probably at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart, and within the top 10 on the all-genre Billboard 200 (both career-high ranks for the duo). They have previously logged seven entries on the Top Country Albums chart, including two top 10s: The Life of a Song (No. 10 peak in 2008) and Album Number Two (No. 9 in 2010). On the Billboard 200, they’ve placed four titles on the list, going as high as No. 60 with Album Number Two.
Joey + Rory (the husband-and-wife team of Rory and Joey Feek) recorded the new album last year as Joey was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cervical cancer. She’s currently in hospice care at home in Indiana, after the cancer returned and the couple decided to end treatment.
The album is available in a number of formats, including a version exclusive to Cracker Barrel that features a 48-page booklet of stories, photos and memories written by Joey + Rory, and a CD/DVD edition that includes a live concert performance recorded in 2015.
The new March 6-dated charts will be refreshed to Billboard’s websites on Feb. 23. News of the Billboard 200’s new top 10 is anticipated to be announced on Feb. 21.