Eric Church is the talk of the music business this week as his album Chief, unaided by even one hit single, zooms to the top of both the Billboard country and all-genres charts.
First-week sales of the album, according to Nielsen SoundScan, amounted to 144,990 copies, which is nearly 29,000 more than Blake Shelton‘s first-round receipts on Red River Blue.
Church’s current single, “Homeboy,” now floats at No. 15, a drop of two places from its previous high point.
The only re-entering song is Lauren Alaina‘s “Like My Mother Does,” back at No. 43.
Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Jason Aldean‘s My Kinda Party, Shelton’s Red River Blue (last week’s No. 1), Chris Young‘s Neon and the EP American Idol Season 10 Highlights: Scotty McCreery.
You may now hurl your rose petals.