Despite massive publicity about the “Accidental Racist” album cut, the hoopla did not translate into blockbuster first-week sales for Brad Paisley‘s Wheelhouse.
Even so, the album debuts at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country chart and at No. 2 on the magazine’s all-genres ranking.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Wheelhouse sold 100,441 copies its first week out, Paisley’s lowest debut number for a “non-instrumental studio album since 2003,” Billboard reports. (That was the year Mud on the Tires was released.)
Eric Church‘s Caught in the Act: Live makes its bow as the No. 3 album with first-week sales of 61,439 units.
The only other new album is Chuck Wicks‘ Rough EP, which enters at No. 21.
Comprising the No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Thompson Square‘s “If I Didn’t Have You,” Miranda Lambert‘s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Chris Young‘s “I Can Take It From Here” and Lee Brice‘s “I Drive Your Truck” (last week’s No. 1).